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Unseen Poetry

In this sixteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) provides a step-by-step guide for approaching unseen poetry. The first three modules introduce key concepts (e.g. the ‘movement’ the poem, ‘binaries’, etc.) as well as...

17 lectures

3:07:17

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Odyssey

In this course, Professor Richard Jenkyns (University of Oxford) explores Homer's Odyssey. We begin by thinking about the nature of the poem, focusing in particular on the nature of oral poetry and the Odyssey's relationship (if any) with the...

5 lectures

0:43:41

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of John Donne

In this course, we explore the poetry of John Donne, thinking in particular about poetic language and style, the issues that preoccupied him throughout his life and career, and the extent to which we can understand John Donne the man...

5 lectures

0:54:46

Dr Anna Beer

Oxford University

English Literature

Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1999 collection, 'The World's Wife'. After a brief introduction to the collection as a whole, the course continue with a read-through and analysis of each...

30 lectures

3:22:10

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

In this course, Ms Karen Hewitt (University of Oxford) explores Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. As we move through the course, we think about the social context of the novel—particularly Victorian ideas about female sexuality—and the...

8 lectures

1:08:15

Mrs Karen Hewitt

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare – Othello and Race

In this course, Professor Ania Loomba (University of Pennsylvania) explores the question of race in Shakespeare's 'Othello'. In the first module, we think about what race meant to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, exploring the long history of...

5 lectures

1:13:26

Prof. Ania Loomba

University of Pennsylvania

English Literature

Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four

In this course, Dr Adam Stock (York St John University) explores George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. The first four modules cover historical and literary context, including the genre of the novel, the life and career of George Orwell himself,...

11 lectures

1:53:34

Dr Adam Stock

York St John University

English Literature

Bronte: Wuthering Heights

In this course, Professor John Bowen (University of York) explores Emily Brontë’s 1848 novel, Wuthering Heights. In the first module, we provide an introduction to the novel as a whole, focusing in particular on Brontë’s life, her character, and...

10 lectures

0:46:31

Prof. John Bowen

York University

History

The Tudors – Henry VIII and the English Reformation, 1509-47

In this course, Dr Tracey Sowerby (University of Oxford) explores the reign of Henry VIII, thinking in particular about the English Reformation. We begin by focusing on decision-making in the Henrician court, before looking at the reasons behind...

5 lectures

0:59:15

Dr Tracey Sowerby

Oxford University

English Literature

Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In this course, Dr Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) explores Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In the first module, we think about the genre of the novel, before turning in the second novel to consider the...

9 lectures

1:44:41

Dr Christopher Pittard

Portsmouth University

English Literature

Orwell: Animal Farm

In this course, Dr Nathan Waddell (University of Birmingham) explores George Orwell's Animal Farm. In the first module, we think about Animal Farm in the context of Orwell's life and career, before turning in the second and third modules to...

7 lectures

1:14:51

Dr Nathan Waddell

Birmingham University

History

Russia: The Rule of Stalin, 1922-41

In this course, Dr Arfon Rees (University of Birmingham) thinks about Stalinist Russia in the period 1917-41. We begin by providing an overview of Russian history from the late 19th century up to the end of the Russian Civil War...

6 lectures

1:14:51

Dr Arfon Rees

Birmingham University

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