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Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire

In this course, we explore Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. The first module provides some historical and literary context for the play; we introduce Tennessee Williams himself, and think about what kind...

12 lectures

1:56:26

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Priestley: An Inspector Calls

In this course, Professor John McRae explores J. B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to the play, focusing in particular on the influence of Gogol’s ‘The Government Inspector’ and the ...

15 lectures

2:27:10

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Macbeth

In this nineteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Shakespeare’s Macbeth. We begin with a broad introduction to historical, political ...

19 lectures

3:07:34

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Othello

In this twenty-one part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Shakespeare’s Othello. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, political and intellectual context of early 17th-century England, before going...

21 lectures

3:30:20

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Power and Conflict (AQA Poetry Anthology)

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores the fifteen poems that make up the 'Power and Conflict' cluster in the GCSE English Literature on AQA. Each poem is read in detail, with a short commentary highlighting...

15 lectures

2:30:26

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

In this course, Dr Madeleine Davies (University of Reading) explores Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, the Handmaid's Tale. We begin by thinking about some of the contexts – political, religious, literary – that are relevant when reading the novel,...

10 lectures

2:03:00

Dr Madeleine Davies

Reading University

English Literature

Ibsen: A Doll's House

In this course, Dr Sophie Duncan (University of Oxford) explores Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, which premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen in December 1879. The course begins by introducing Ibsen's life and times, his inspiration for the...

6 lectures

0:43:56

Dr Sophie Duncan

Oxford University

English Literature

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. The course begins with a broader introduction to the novel, thinking about the context in which the novel was written and...

10 lectures

2:03:31

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Macbeth

This course focuses on Macbeth, looking in particular at several key aspects of the play. In the first module, we focus on the appeal of the play, both when it was first peformed in the early 17th century, and for...

5 lectures

0:56:26

Mr Stephen Siddall

Independent Scholar

English Literature

The Poetry of Christina Rossetti

In this course, Professor Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh) explores the poetry of Christina Rossetti, focusing in particular on the fourteen poems listed for study for OCR English Literature A Level (excluding ‘Goblin Market’). A detailed...

14 lectures

2:17:53

Dr Tom Mole

Edinburgh University

English Literature

Dickens: A Christmas Carol

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In the first module, we introduce the novel by looking at the first two paragraphs of the story, including its famous opening line (“Marley ...

15 lectures

2:14:28

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Hamlet

In this fifteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Shakespeare’s Hamlet, focusing in particular on Hamlet’s development from “a rogue and peasant slave” to the perfect (“most royal”) king. We begin in the first...

15 lectures

1:55:09

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We begin by thinking about the play’s status as a comedy, before looking at a number of aspects of the play and its performance. In particular, we explore the...

6 lectures

1:00:42

Dr Sophie Duncan

Oxford University

English Literature

Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. In the first two modules, we provide a broad introduction to the social, historical, cultural context of the...

19 lectures

3:18:17

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

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