English Literature


English Literature

Shakespeare: Hamlet

In this course, Dr John Lennard explores Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the first module, we explore the idea of Hamlet as a revenge tragedy, and think about how Shakespeare has complicated the basic structure. In the second module, we consider the...

5 lectures

0:53:30

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra

In this course, we explore several aspects of Antony and Cleopatra. We begin by thinking about why Shakespeare was interested in writing plays that were set in Ancient Rome, before looking at a number of aspects of the play and...

5 lectures

0:44:56

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale

In this course, we explore several aspects of one of Shakespeare’s later plays, The Winter’s Tale. In particular, we consider the political and theatrical context for the play, the importance of allegory and symbolism, the play’s peculiar...

7 lectures

0:57:08

Dr Charles Moseley

Cambridge University

English Literature

The Poetry of Thomas Hardy

In this course, we explore the poetry of Thomas Hardy. Having introduced Hardy in the first module, we then go through eighteen of his poems in turn, reading each aloud, and providing in-depth, line-by-line commentary and analysis. The final...

18 lectures

2:24:59

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Dickens: Hard Times

In this course, Professor John Bowen (University of York) explores the concepts of philosophy and performance in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times. In particular, we consider the presentation of reason and rationality in the novel (as represented by Mr...

5 lectures

0:53:40

Prof. John Bowen

York University

English Literature

Pat Barker: Regeneration

In this course, we explore Pat Barker’s ‘Regeneration’. Set in 1917 in Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, the novel follows psychiatrist William Rivers as he treats shell-shocked soldiers, including the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred...

15 lectures

2:19:48

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Webster: The White Devil

In this course, we explore John Webster’s ‘The White Devil’, beginning by thinking about John Webster himself, before moving on to consider the play itself – its setting in Italy, and the presentation of the various male and female characters...

5 lectures

0:46:47

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

The Poetry of John Keats: The Odes

In this course, Dr Corinna Russell (University of Cambridge) explores the Odes of John Keats. After an introduction to Keats and his poetry, including a discussion of the ‘Cockney School of Poetry’, we then cover six of Keats’ poems: Ode...

7 lectures

1:55:08

Dr Corinna Russell

Cambridge University

English Literature

Victorian Poetry

In this course, Professor Valentine Cunningham (University of Oxford) explores Victorian Poetry, looking specifically at the poetry of Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Thomas Hardy. As we...

5 lectures

0:56:02

Prof. Valentine Cunningham

Oxford University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

In this course, Dr Marion Turner (University of Oxford) provides an introduction to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The course begins with a discussion of the opening lines of the General Prologue, before going on to discuss Chaucer himself, the...

6 lectures

0:59:48

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Mitchell: Gone with the Wind

In this course, Professor Helen Taylor (University of Exeter) explores Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. We start by thinking about tremendous impact of the novel, as well as the celebrated and critically acclaimed film adaptation starting...

7 lectures

0:51:15

Prof. Helen Taylor

Exeter University

English Literature

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this course, Professor Diane Purkiss (Oxford) explores Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with a particular focus on some of the more magical aspects of the play. The course begins with an exploration of the idea of the "Midsummer Night"...

5 lectures

0:43:29

Prof. Diane Purkiss

Oxford University

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