English Literature

From Beowulf to Carol Ann Duffy, via Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, the Brontes, and others.

English Literature

Victorian Literature and Darwin's Origin of Species

In this course, Dr Will Abberley (University of Oxford) explores the influence of Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species' on contemporary works of Victorian literature: 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, 'The Coming Race' by Edward...

4 lectures

0:40:37

Dr Will Abberley

University of Oxford

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Tempest

In this course, Dr Charles Moseley (Cambridge) explores Shakespeare's last play, 'The Tempest'. The first modules concentrate on historical context, looking in particular at the influence of the accession of King James to the throne, and the...

8 lectures

0:57:02

Dr Charles Moseley

University of Cambridge

English Literature

Milton: Paradise Lost: Religious and Literary Background

In this course, Dr Edmund White (University of Oxford) explores the religious and literary background of Paradise Lost. This course provides an introduction to the religious culture of seventeenth-century England, and shows how this culture...

24 lectures

0:51:03

Dr Edmund White

University of Oxford

English Literature

Woolf: Mrs Dalloway: Narrative Technique and Marriage

In this course, Dr Sowon Park (Oxford University) explores two key themes in Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway. In the first module, we look at the narrative style of the novel - arguing that the narrative style in Mrs Dalloway represents...

2 lectures

0:32:53

Dr Sowon Park

University of Oxford

English Literature

History

Milton and the English Civil War: Cromwell

This course provides key historical context for John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', looking in particular at the figure of Oliver Cromwell. The course is divided into eight parts. The first looks at Cromwell's invasion of Ireland (1649-53), before...

16 lectures

1:41:42

Prof. Diane Purkiss

University of Oxford

English Literature

History

Milton and the English Civil War: Charles I

This course provides key historical context for John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', looking in particular at the figure of Charles I. The course is divided into nine parts. The first seven look at Charles' early years (1600-25), his early reign...

18 lectures

1:49:48

Prof. Diane Purkiss

University of Oxford

English Literature

Joyce: Dubliners

In this course, we look at James Joyce's collection of short stories, Dubliners. In particular, we explore key themes in the collection by looking at groups of 2-3 stories. Having given an introduction to the Dublin of the late-19th and...

6 lectures

1:09:17

Mr Nicholas Collins

Warwick University

English Literature

Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre

In this course, we explore Jean Rhys' 'Wide Sargasso Sea' alongside 'Jane Eyre'. Written as a prequel to 'Jane Eyre', 'Wide Sargasso Sea' shares many of the same themes (not to mention characters) as Bronte's novel. In this course, we...

10 lectures

0:47:54

Ms Janelle Rodriques

Newcastle University

English Literature

Poetry: Introduction to Poetic Form

In this course, we look at the use of form in poetry. The purpose of this course is to demonstrate the many ways in which the form of a poem can convey meaning. This includes the use forms that are...

13 lectures

0:57:05

Ms Stephanie Yorke

University of Oxford

English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare’s most famous – and infamous – tragedies draw on the Roman playwright Seneca for their dramatic form and theatrical style - including ‘Hamlet’, ‘King Lear’, and ‘Titus Andronicus’. Seneca also had a huge influence on Shakespeare’s...

10 lectures

2:08:55

Dr Helen Slaney

University of Oxford

English Literature

The Poetry and Prose of Seamus Heaney

The American poet Robert Lowell described Seamus Heaney as the greatest Irish poet since W. B. Yeats, and many noted the coincidence that Heaney was born in the year that Yeats died. A Nobel prize winner and Ireland's unofficial national...

8 lectures

1:37:33

Dr Rosie Lavan

Trinity College, Dublin

English Literature

Gothic Literature

For many, the genre of gothic horror is epitomised by the novels Frankenstein and Dracula. In this course, we explore the origins of the genre through lesser-known, but no less influential works, the Castle of Otranto (1764) and The Monk...

16 lectures

1:23:46

Dr Elly McCausland

York University