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Carter: The Bloody Chamber

In this course, Dr Helen Stoddart (University of Glasgow) explores Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, first published in 1979. We begin by thinking about Carter's literary career, focusing in particular on her interest in fairy tales. After that,...

5 lectures

1:05:31

Dr Helen Stoddart

Glasgow University

English Literature

Carter: The Bloody Chamber

In this course, Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts (University of the West of England) explores Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. We begin by providing an introduction to Carter herself, focusing in particular on the range of her literary output and...

7 lectures

0:41:57

Prof. Marie Mulvey-Roberts

UWE Bristol

English Literature

Blake: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

In this course, Dr Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge) explores William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’. We begin in the first module by thinking about the historical, political and cultural context in which Blake was writing....

6 lectures

0:49:16

Dr Ross Wilson

Cambridge University

English Literature

Stoker: Dracula

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, ‘Dracula’. In the first module, we provide a short history of vampires from the blood-sucking demons of the ancient world to the present day. In the ...

5 lectures

0:35:42

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

English Literature

Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores John Webster’s masterpiece, the Duchess of Malfi. The course begins by thinking about John Webster himself, about whom we know very little, and the historical context for the play itself. After that,...

5 lectures

0:51:25

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Shakespeare: Othello

In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Othello, thinking in particular about the play in performance. In the first module, we explore the concept of racism in the play, before moving on in the following three modules to...

5 lectures

0:41:42

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Miller: Death of a Salesman

In this nineteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, literary and cultural context, before going through the play...

19 lectures

2:54:13

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings

In this course, we explore Philip Larkin’s 1964 collection of poetry, ‘The Whitsun Weddings’. Having introduced Larkin and his poetry in the first module, we then go through each poem in turn, reading it aloud and providing an in-depth,...

34 lectures

3:21:46

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Othello

In this course, Professor Helen Smith (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Othello. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to the play and some of its key themes. In the second module, we think about the theme of race and...

5 lectures

0:53:00

Prof. Helen Smith

York University

English Literature

Miller: Death of a Salesman

In this course, Professor Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading) explores Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, ‘Death of a Salesman’. We begin by thinking about the historical context in which the play was written, focusing in particular on the ...

6 lectures

0:58:13

Prof. Grace Ioppolo

Reading University

English Literature

Hosseini: The Kite Runner

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Khalid Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, political and literary context of the novel, before going through the whole novel...

26 lectures

2:20:07

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham 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

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

English Literature

Bronte: Jane Eyre

In this course, we explore several aspects of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The course is divided into two equal halves: in the first six modules, we think about some of the major themes of the novel, looking in particular at...

12 lectures

1:43:36

Dr Alfie Bown

Royal Holloway, London

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