English Literature

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

English Literature

Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. In the first three lectures, we provide a broad introduction to the play, thinking about the life and career of Oscar Wilde, as...

15 lectures

2:39:17

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

In this course, Professor Helen Smith (University of York) explores John Webster's 'The Duchess of Malfi'. In the first module, we think about stereotypes about women in early modern England and their presentation on stage. After that, we...

5 lectures

0:57:11

Prof. Helen Smith

York University

English Literature

Twain: Huckleberry Finn

In this course, Professor Thomas Ruys Smith (University of East Anglia) explores Mark Twain's 1884/5 novel, Huckleberry Finn. In the first module, we think about the origins of Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain's life and career up to 1884/5. In the...

5 lectures

0:59:59

Prof. Thomas Ruys Smith

University of East Anglia

English Literature

Dickens: A Christmas Carol

In this course, Professor John Mullan (University College, London) explores Charles Dickens' 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol. In the first module, we think about the idea storytelling in the novel, focusing in particular on the 'character' of the...

5 lectures

1:00:11

Prof. John Mullan

University College London

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

Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1993 collection, ‘Mean Time'. After an introductory module in which we think about the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy in general and the collection as a whole –...

40 lectures

3:27:24

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

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

Miller: Death of a Salesman

In this nineteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, literary and cultural context, before going through the play...

19 lectures

2:54:13

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Hosseini: The Kite Runner

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Khalid Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, political and literary context of the novel, before going through the whole novel...

26 lectures

2:20:07

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Poems of the Decade (Edexcel)

In this course, John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores the twenty poems that make up the ‘Poems of the Decade’ cluster for A Level English Literature (Edexcel). Each poem is read in detail, with a short commentary highlighting aspects of...

19 lectures

2:42:16

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Othello

In this course, Professor Helen Smith (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Othello. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to the play and some of its key themes. In the second module, we think about the theme of race and...

5 lectures

0:53:00

Prof. Helen Smith

York University

English Literature

Dickens: A Christmas Carol

In this course, Dr Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) explores Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, ‘A Christmas Carol’. In the first module, we think about the background to ‘A Christmas Carol’, the circumstances that led Dickens to write...

9 lectures

1:53:10

Dr Christopher Pittard

Portsmouth University