English Literature

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

English Literature

Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, part of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. We begin by thinking about the portrait of the Wife of Bath in the General Prologue of the Canterbury ...

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Merchant's Tale

Chaucer: The Merchant's Tale

In this course, Professor Carolyne Larrington (University of Oxford) explores Geoffrey Chaucer's Merchant's Tale. We begin by thinking about the Merchant himself, who is introduced in the General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales. After that, we think about the genre...

Dr Carolyne Larrington

Oxford University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Merchant's Tale

Chaucer: The Merchant's Tale

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores Geoffrey Chaucer's Merchant's Tale. We begin by thinking about some of the Biblical allusions in the Tale, focusing in particular on the Garden the Eden and the Song of Songs....

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In this course, Dr Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores the 14th-century poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The course begins with an introduction to the Arthurian tradition, focusing in particular on the representations of Arthur and his court...

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

In this course, we explore the Wife of Bath’s Tale and Prologue in Chaucer’s in Canterbury Tales. In the first module, we consider the presentation of the Wife of Bath in the General Prologue, thinking about the extent to which...

Dr Anna Caughey

Oxford University

English Literature

Chaucer and Story Patterns in Middle English Literature

Chaucer and Story Patterns in Middle English Literature

This course provides readers of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with a broader context of Chaucer’s life and times as well as the kind of literature that was being written in the Medieval period that may have inspired Chaucer when it came...

Dr Carolyne Larrington

Oxford University