English Literature

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

English Literature

Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath

In this course, Dr Sarah Robertson (University of West England) explores John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath. We begin by providing some historical context to the novel, focusing in particular on the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl...

Dr Sarah Robertson

UWE Bristol

English Literature

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

In this course, Professor Anna McMullan (University of Reading) explores Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. We begin in the first module with an overview of Beckett’s life, career and literary output. After that, we think about the mixed reception of...

Prof. Anna McMullan

Reading University

English Literature

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

In this course, Professor Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway, London) explores Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. We begin by thinking about Beckett’s life, tracing his development as a man and a writer up to the outbreak of the Second World War...

Prof. Andrew Gibson

Royal Holloway, London

English Literature

Carter: The Bloody Chamber

Carter: The Bloody Chamber

In this course, Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts (University of the West of England) explores Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. We begin by providing an introduction to Carter herself, focusing in particular on the range of her literary output and her interest...

Prof. Marie Mulvey-Roberts

UWE Bristol

English Literature

Milton: Paradise Lost: Books 9-10

Milton: Paradise Lost: Books 9-10

In this course, Professor Karen Edwards (University of Exeter) explores of Books 9 and 10 of John Milton’s Paradise Lost through five key questions: (1) What do we learn from Satan’s soliloquy and his return to hell? (2) What is...

Prof. Karen Edwards

Exeter University

English Literature

H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds

In this course, Dr Keith Williams (University) explores H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. We begin by thinking about the concept of ‘Mars fever’, focusing in particular on the reasons behind the resurgent interest in the planet in...

Dr Keith Williams

Dundee University