English Literature

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English Literature

Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

In this course, Dr Nicholas Lawrence (University of Warwick) explores Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, The Scarlett Letter (1850). In the first module, we think about the tension in the novel between the traditional and the modern, focusing...

6 lectures

0:55:58

Dr Nick Lawrence

Warwick 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: As You Like It

In this course, Professor John Roe (University of York) explores Shakespeare's As You Like It – a play that was written in 1599, first performed in 1603, and first published in the First Folio, 1623. We begin by thinking about...

6 lectures

1:18:54

Prof. John Roe

York University

English Literature

Capote: In Cold Blood

In this course, Dr Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) explores Truman Capote's 1966 true crime classic, In Cold Blood. We begin by thinking about the genre of the novel, a genre which Capote referred to as 'the non-fiction novel'....

5 lectures

1:13:10

Dr Christopher Pittard

Portsmouth University

English Literature

Larkin: The Less Deceived

In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores Philip Larkin's 1955 collection of poetry, The Less Deceived. After an introduction to the collection as a whole (including a discussion of the origins of the title 'The Less...

10 lectures

0:59:42

Prof. Seamus Perry

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of T. S. Eliot

In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores the poetry of T. S. Eliot through five key poems. In the first three modules, we explore 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock', thinking in particular about its status...

12 lectures

1:12:13

Prof. Seamus Perry

Oxford University

English Literature

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In this course, Dr Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores the 14th-century poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The course begins with an introduction to the Arthurian tradition, focusing in particular on the representations of Arthur and...

5 lectures

0:53:49

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida

In this course, Professor Cedric Watts (University of Sussex) explores Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida. We begin by thinking about the strangeness of the play: is it a history, a comedy, or a tragedy? was it performed in Shakespeare's lifetime?...

5 lectures

0:43:11

Prof. Cedric Watts

Sussex University

English Literature

Conrad: The Secret Agent

In this course, Professor Cedric Watts (University of Sussex) explores Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel, The Secret Agent. The course begins by thinking about Conrad's life – his upbringing in Poland, his early career as a merchant sailor, and his later...

10 lectures

0:47:29

Prof. Cedric Watts

Sussex University

English Literature

Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go

In this course, Dr Richard Robinson (Swansea University) explores Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go. We begin by introducing Ishiguro's previous works, before focusing on the idea on the unreliable first-person narrator. After that, we...

6 lectures

0:40:58

Dr Richard Robinson

Swansea University

English Literature

The Poetry of W. B. Yeats

In this course, Dr Peter Howarth (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the poetry of W. B. Yeats through six key poems: 'An Irish Airman Foresees his Death', 'Easter, 1916', 'Leda and the Swan', 'No Second Troy', 'The Cold Heaven',...

6 lectures

1:08:54

Dr Peter Howarth

Queen Mary, University of London

English Literature

Shakespeare: Coriolanus

In this course, Dr Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) explores Shakespeare's Coriolanus. We begin by thinking about the political circumstances in which the action of the play takes place, focusing in particular...

8 lectures

1:02:14

Dr Martin Wiggins

The Shakespeare Institute