English Literature

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

English Literature

Priestley: An Inspector Calls

Priestley: An Inspector Calls

In this course, Professor John McRae explores J. B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to the ply, focusing in particular on the influence of Gogol’s ‘The Government Inspector’ and the ...

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, part of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. We begin by thinking about the portrait of the Wife of Bath in the General Prologue of the Canterbury ...

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

In this course, Dr Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge) explores the poetry of the great Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. We begin in the first module by providing a brief overview of Shelley's short life and career with an emphasis on ...

Dr Ross Wilson

Cambridge University

English Literature

Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

In this course, Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University) discusses John Webster’s play The Duchess of Malfi. We begin by thinking about Gothic motifs in the play, focusing in particular on instances of double-ness or twinning. In ...

Prof. Lisa Hopkins

Sheffield Hallam University

English Literature

Power and Conflict (AQA Poetry Anthology)

Power and Conflict (AQA Poetry Anthology)

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores the fifteen poems that make up the 'Power and Conflict' cluster in the GCSE English Literature on AQA. Each poem is read in detail, with a short commentary highlighting aspects ...

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

In this course, Professor John Roe (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. We begin by thinking about the sources for the play, focusing in particular on the works of Plutarch, before moving on in the second module to give a summary of the plot. After that ...

Prof. John Roe

York University