English Literature

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this course, Professor Diane Purkiss (Oxford) explores Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with a particular focus on some of the more magical aspects of the play. The course begins with an exploration of the idea of the "Midsummer Night"...

Prof. Diane Purkiss

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art

Greek Art

In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these categories, we explore issues of style,...

Prof. Amy Smith

Reading University

English Literature

Victorian Literature and Darwin's Origin of Species

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 Bulwer-Lytton, and 'The Strange Case of...

Dr Will Abberley

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Tempest

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 importance of the...

Dr Charles Moseley

Cambridge University

English Literature

Milton: Paradise Lost: Religious and Literary Background

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 influenced the composition of Milton’s...

Dr Edmund White

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

In a special set of two lectures, Dr Elton Barker (Open University) explores the worlds of the Homeric epics, suggesting in particular that both the Iliad and the Odyssey question the use of violence as a means of conflict-resolution. In...

Dr Elton Barker

Open University