English Literature

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

English Literature

The Poetry of John Donne

The Poetry of John Donne

In this course, we explore the poetry of John Donne, thinking in particular about poetic language and style, the issues that preoccupied him throughout his life and career, and the extent to which we can understand John Donne the man...

Dr Anna Beer

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In this course, we think about the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, focusing in particular in the literary and historical background of this poems of the 1790s. In the first half of the course, we think about Coleridge’s religious views...

Prof. Seamus Perry

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

The Poetry of Sylvia Plath

The Poetry of Sylvia Plath

In this course, we explore the poetry of Sylvia Plath: first, we think about what it means to describe Plath as a writer of Confessional Poetry; after that we look at the themes of motherhood and love in Plath’s poetry;...

Prof. Diane Purkiss

Oxford University

English Literature

Shelley: Frankenstein

Shelley: Frankenstein

In this course, we explore several aspects of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In the first module, we focus on some of the myths that lie behind the novel. After that, we think about the kind of knowledge that Victor engages with...

Prof. David Punter

Bristol University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Othello

Shakespeare: Othello

In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Othello, thinking in particular about the play in performance. In the first module, we explore the concept of racism in the play, before moving on in the following three modules to...

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar