English Literature

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

English Literature

Melville: Moby-Dick

Melville: Moby-Dick

In this course, Dr Kate McGettigan (Royal Holloway) explores Herman Melville's 1851 masterpiece, Moby-Dick. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Melville's life and career, including his experiences in the South Pacific and his brief but intense relationship with...

Dr Katie McGettigan

Royal Holloway, London

English Literature

Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms

Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms

In this course, Professor Peter Messent explores Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel, A Farewell to Arms. We begin in the first module by thinking about the way Hemingway reacts in his language to the sensationalism and empty sloganeering of Allied propaganda...

Prof. Peter Messent

Nottingham University

English Literature

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

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 published,...

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

In this course, Dr Nicholas Lawrence (University of Warwick) explores Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, The Scarlett Letter (1850). In the first module, we think about the tension in the novel between the traditional and the modern, focusing in particular on...

Dr Nick Lawrence

Warwick University

English Literature

Mitchell: Gone with the Wind

Mitchell: Gone with the Wind

In this course, Professor Helen Taylor (University of Exeter) explores Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. We start by thinking about tremendous impact of the novel, as well as the celebrated and critically acclaimed film adaptation starting Clark Gable and...

Prof. Helen Taylor

Exeter University

English Literature

Capote: In Cold Blood

Capote: In Cold Blood

In this course, Dr Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) explores Truman Capote's 1966 true crime classic, In Cold Blood. We begin by thinking about the genre of the novel, a genre which Capote referred to as 'the non-fiction novel'. After...

Dr Christopher Pittard

Portsmouth University