English Literature

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

English Literature

Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre

In this course, we explore Jean Rhys' 'Wide Sargasso Sea' alongside 'Jane Eyre'. Written as a prequel to 'Jane Eyre', 'Wide Sargasso Sea' shares many of the same themes (not to mention characters) as Bronte's novel. In this course, we...

10 lectures


Ms Janelle Rodriques

Newcastle University

English Literature

Shakespeare and History

In this course, we explore the concept of history in Shakespeare, looking in particular at six key plays: King Lear, Richard II, Twelfth Night, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, The Tempest. The course begins by considering the idea of narrative in...

5 lectures


Dr Harriet Archer

Newcastle University

English Literature

Poetry: Introduction to Poetic Form

In this course, we look at the use of form in poetry. The purpose of this course is to demonstrate the many ways in which the form of a poem can convey meaning. This includes the use forms that are...

13 lectures


Ms Stephanie Yorke

Oxford University

English Literature

The Medieval Revival in Victorian Literature

This wide-ranging course examines why so many writers and artists of the Victorian period were so obsessed with the Middle Ages, a concept known as 'Medievalism'. We begin by exploring the work of Walter Scott, whose pseudo-historical novels such...

4 lectures


Dr Gabriel Schenk

Oxford University

English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare’s most famous – and infamous – tragedies draw on the Roman playwright Seneca for their dramatic form and theatrical style - including ‘Hamlet’, ‘King Lear’, and ‘Titus Andronicus’. Seneca also had a huge influence on Shakespeare’s...

10 lectures


Dr Helen Slaney

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry and Prose of Seamus Heaney

The American poet Robert Lowell described Seamus Heaney as the greatest Irish poet since W. B. Yeats, and many noted the coincidence that Heaney was born in the year that Yeats died. A Nobel prize winner and Ireland's unofficial national...

8 lectures


Dr Rosie Lavan

Trinity College, Dublin

English Literature

Gothic Literature

For many, the genre of gothic horror is epitomised by the novels Frankenstein and Dracula. In this course, we explore the origins of the genre through lesser-known, but no less influential works, the Castle of Otranto (1764) and The Monk...

16 lectures


Dr Elly McCausland

York University