From Beowulf to Carol Ann Duffy, via Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, the Brontes, and others.
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 history....
Dr Harriet Archer
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...
Ms Stephanie Yorke
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 as...
Dr Gabriel Schenk
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 contemporaries: Thomas Kyd’s...
Dr Helen Slaney
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...
Dr Rosie Lavan
Trinity College, Dublin
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...
Ms Elly McCausland