English Literature

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

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

English Literature

Conrad: Heart of Darkness

In this course, Professor Robert Hampson (Royal Holloway, London) explores Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. We begin by providing some of the historical context of the novel, focusing both on Conrad's own experiences as a seaman, as well as on...

6 lectures

0:55:26

Prof. Robert Hampson

Royal Holloway, London

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

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

The Supernatural: A Complete History

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores the history of the supernatural in English and American literature. The course begins by thinking about two of the key sources of supernatural literature, looking in the first...

8 lectures

1:35:29

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

English Literature

Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The course begins with a brief introduction to Wilde himself, his life and times, as well as some of the key...

5 lectures

0:54:22

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University