English Literature

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

English Literature

Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre

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...

Ms Janelle Rodriques

Newcastle University

English Literature

Shakespeare and History

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

Newcastle University

English Literature

Poetry: Introduction to Poetic Form

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

Oxford University

English Literature

The Medieval Revival in Victorian 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 as...

Dr Gabriel Schenk

Oxford University

English Literature

Classics

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

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

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry and Prose of Seamus Heaney

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