English Literature


English Literature

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

In this course, Dr William Blazek (Liverpool Hope University) explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. We being by thinking about the concept of the American Dream, focusing in particular on how some of the major characters in...

5 lectures

0:55:10

Dr William Blazek

Liverpool Hope University

English Literature

Faulks: Birdsong

In this course, Dr Allison Adler Kroll (University of Oxford) explores Sebastian Faulks' 1993 novel, Birdsong. We begin by thinking about the genesis of the novel – why did Faulks want to write a story about the First World War...

11 lectures

1:37:37

Dr Allison Adler Kroll

Oxford University

English Literature

Conrad: Heart of Darkness

In this course, Professor Cedric Watts (University of Sussex) explores Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The course begins by looking at Conrad's life – beginning with his upbringing in the small town of Berdychiv, and following his career as...

5 lectures

0:43:47

Prof. Cedric Watts

Sussex University

English Literature

Achebe: Things Fall Apart

In this course, Professor Stephen Morton (University of Southampton) discusses Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel Things Fall Apart. The course begins by introducing the author himself and the publication on the novel, before moving on in the second...

6 lectures

0:42:08

Prof. Stephen Morton

Southampton University

English Literature

McEwan: Atonement

In this course Dr Allison Adler Kroll (PhD student, University of Oxford) explores Ian McEwan's 2001 novel, Atonement. The course begins with a discussion of the book's title – what is atonement? what is atoned for? – before moving on...

7 lectures

1:05:27

Dr Allison Adler Kroll

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of William Wordsworth

In this course, Professor Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh) explores the poetry of the great Romantic poet, William Wordsworth. In the first module, we look at Wordsworth's Preface to the Lyrical Ballads, in which he outlines his views on the...

5 lectures

0:45:41

Dr Tom Mole

Edinburgh University

English Literature

The Poetry of Christina Rossetti

In this course, Dr Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge) explores the poetry of Christina Rossetti. Having begun with a summary of Rossetti’s critical reception, both in her own lifetime and then after her death, we then explore Rossetti’s poetry...

6 lectures

1:03:40

Dr Ross Wilson

Cambridge University

English Literature

Jonson: Volpone

In this course, Professor Matthew Steggle explores Ben Jonson's early 17th-century comedy Volpone. The course begins by thinking about the setting of the play in Venice, and what associations that city might have evoked for Jonson's original...

6 lectures

0:47:35

Prof. Matthew Steggle

Sheffield Hallam University

English Literature

Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier

In this course, Professor Max Saunders (King's College, London) explores Ford Madox Ford's 1915 novel, the Good Soldier. We begin by providing a brief introduction to Ford Madox Ford and his literary circle, before discussing his status as an...

5 lectures

0:41:50

Prof. Max Saunders

King's College London

English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Tragedy: A Complete History

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores the history of tragedy from its origins in ancient Athens to the present day. In the first three modules, we think about the tragedy of Classical Athens, looking in particular at the plays...

20 lectures

4:54:53

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Conrad: Heart of Darkness

In this course, Dr Keith Carabine (University of Kent) explores Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella, Heart of Darkness. The course begins by thinking about Conrad's own experiences in Africa, as recorded in his 'Personal Record' (1912) and 'Geography and...

6 lectures

1:05:27

Dr Keith Carabine

Kent University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Merchant's Tale

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores Geoffrey Chaucer's Merchant's Tale. We begin by thinking about some of the Biblical allusions in the Tale, focusing in particular on the Garden the Eden and the Song of Songs....

5 lectures

0:50:23

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

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