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Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale

In this course, we explore several aspects of one of Shakespeare’s later plays, The Winter’s Tale. In particular, we consider the political and theatrical context for the play, the importance of allegory and symbolism, the play’s peculiar...

7 lectures

0:57:08

Dr Charles Moseley

Cambridge University

English Literature

Faulks: Birdsong

In this course, Dr Allison Adler Kroll (University of Oxford) explores Sebastian Faulks' 1993 novel, Birdsong. We begin by thinking about the genesis of the novel – why did Faulks want to write a story about the First World War...

11 lectures

1:37:37

Dr Allison Adler Kroll

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of Lord Byron

In this course, Professor Sir Drummond Bone (University of Oxford) discusses the life and poetry of Lord Byron. After a brief introduction to the man himself—once famously described as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”—we then provide a brief...

7 lectures

0:34:09

Prof. Sir Drummond Bone

Oxford University

English Literature

Satrapi: Persepolis

In this course, Dr Dominic Davies (University of Oxford) explores Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis. We begin by thinking about what Persepolis is and what it's about, focusing in particular on the historical events that form the...

6 lectures

0:46:39

Dr Dominic Davies

Oxford University

English Literature

Russell: Blood Brothers

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Willy Russell's Blood Brothers. The first six modules serve as an introduction to play, exploring the play's historical context, the extent to which it is a 'Brechtian' play,...

15 lectures

2:18:02

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Chopin: The Awakening

In this course, Professor Helen Taylor (University of Exeter) explores Kate Chopin's 1899 novel, The Awakening. After a brief introduction to the writing of the American South, the course begins proper with a discussion of Kate Chopin herself –...

11 lectures

0:53:07

Prof. Helen Taylor

Exeter University

English Literature

The Poetry of William Wordsworth

In this course, Professor Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh) explores the poetry of the great Romantic poet, William Wordsworth. In the first module, we look at Wordsworth's Preface to the Lyrical Ballads, in which he outlines his views on the...

5 lectures

0:45:41

Dr Tom Mole

Edinburgh University

English Literature

Conrad: Heart of Darkness

In this course, Professor Cedric Watts (University of Sussex) explores Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The course begins by looking at Conrad's life – beginning with his upbringing in the small town of Berdychiv, and following his career as...

5 lectures

0:43:47

Prof. Cedric Watts

Sussex University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra

In this course, we explore several aspects of Antony and Cleopatra. We begin by thinking about why Shakespeare was interested in writing plays that were set in Ancient Rome, before looking at a number of aspects of the play and...

5 lectures

0:44:56

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

In this course, Professor Anna McMullan (University of Reading) explores Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. We begin in the first module with an overview of Beckett’s life, career and literary output. After that, we think about the mixed...

6 lectures

0:48:50

Prof. Anna McMullan

Reading University

English Literature

The Poetry of William Wordsworth

In this course, Professor Keith Hanley (University of Lancaster) explores the poetry of the great Romantic poet, William Wordsworth. In the first module, we think about Romanticism, the Romantic movement, and some of the leading themes of that...

6 lectures

1:28:09

Prof. Keith Hanley

Lancaster University

English Literature

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

In this course, Dr Linda Freedman (University College, London) explores the poetry of the 19th-century American poet, Emily Dickinson. The course begins with an introduction to Emily Dickinson herself, dispelling the myth that she was a an...

6 lectures

0:47:37

Dr Linda Freedman

UCL

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