English Literature

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

English Literature

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...

15 lectures

2:30:26

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

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...

8 lectures

1:04:22

Prof. John Roe

York University

English Literature

Woolf: Mrs Dalloway

In this course, Dr Madeleine Davies (University of Reading) explores Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel, Mrs Dalloway. In the first three modules, we outline some of the key contexts for the novel, including: (i) the life and career of Virginia Woolf;...

10 lectures

2:01:36

Dr Madeleine Davies

Reading University

English Literature

Coetzee: Disgrace

In this course, Professor Derek Attridge (University of York) explores J. M. Coetzee’s Booker Prize winning novel, Disgrace. We begin in the first module with a broad introduction to the novel, focusing on the novel’s narrative voice, its use of...

5 lectures

0:47:43

Prof. Derek Attridge

York University

English Literature

Philosophy

The Philosophy of Literature

In this course, Professor Peter Lamarque (University of York) provides a broad introduction to the philosophy of literature. In the first module, we think about what philosophy actually is. What kinds of questions does the philosopher of...

5 lectures

0:53:20

Prof. Peter Lamarque

York University

English Literature

Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. We begin with a broad introduction to the world of the novel, focusing in particular on life in America during the Great Depression ...

10 lectures

2:11:28

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Macbeth

In this nineteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Shakespeare’s Macbeth. We begin with a broad introduction to historical, political ...

19 lectures

3:07:34

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Hamlet

In this fifteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Shakespeare’s Hamlet, focusing in particular on Hamlet’s development from “a rogue and peasant slave” to the perfect (“most royal”) king. We begin in the first...

15 lectures

1:55:09

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

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...

4 lectures

0:36:52

Dr Sarah Robertson

UWE Bristol

English Literature

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...

6 lectures

0:48:50

Prof. Anna McMullan

Reading University

English Literature

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...

6 lectures

0:50:00

Prof. Andrew Gibson

Royal Holloway, London

English Literature

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...

7 lectures

0:41:57

Prof. Marie Mulvey-Roberts

UWE Bristol