English Literature

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

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

English Literature

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, thinking in particular about the play in performance. In the first module, we think about how Shakespeare manipulates, fuses, and pays with genre, before moving on to think...

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Gothic Literature

Gothic Literature

In this course, we explore the history of the Gothic novel, beginning with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, and finishing with the literature (and films) of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that have been influenced by the Gothic, including...

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Bronte: Wuthering Heights

Bronte: Wuthering Heights

In this course we look at several aspects of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. In the first six sections, we focus on Romanticism and what it means to call Heathcliff a Romantic hero. In second six sections, we focus on individual...

Dr Alfie Bown

Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong