English Literature

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

English Literature

H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds

In this course, Dr Steve McLean explores H. G. Wells' 1898 novel The War of the Worlds. We begin by thinking about Wells' literary career, focusing in particular on his work as a scientific journalist as well as his interest...

Dr Steven McLean

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye

In this course, Dr Sarah Graham (University of Leicester) explores J. D. Salinger's 1951 novel, The Catcher in the Rye. We begin with a broad introduction to Salinger's career as a writer as well as to what life was like...

Dr Sarah Graham

Leicester University

English Literature

Morrison: Beloved

Morrison: Beloved

In this course, Professor Gina Wisker (University of Brighton) explores Toni Morrison's 1987 novel, Beloved. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Black women's writing, focusing in particular on the works of Alice Walker, Zora Neale Thurston and bell...

Prof. Gina Wisker

Brighton University

English Literature

Melville: Moby-Dick

Melville: Moby-Dick

In this course, Dr Kate McGettigan (Royal Holloway) explores Herman Melville's 1851 masterpiece, Moby-Dick. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Melville's life and career, including his experiences in the South Pacific and his brief but intense relationship with...

Dr Katie McGettigan

Royal Holloway, London

English Literature

Faulks: Birdsong

Faulks: Birdsong

In this course, Dr Allison Adler Kroll (University of Oxford) explores Sebastian Faulks' 1993 novel, Birdsong. We begin by thinking about the genesis of the novel – why did Faulks want to write a story about the First World War...

Dr Allison Adler Kroll

Oxford University

English Literature

Marlowe: Edward II

Marlowe: Edward II

In this course, Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University) explores Christopher Marlowe's final play, Edward II. We begin by thinking about the theme of homosexuality in the play, arguing that while the relationship between Edward and Gaveston is perhaps the...

Prof. Lisa Hopkins

Sheffield Hallam University

English Literature

Austen: Pride and Prejudice

Austen: Pride and Prejudice

In this course, Dr Katie Halsey (University of Stirling) explores Jane Austen's 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the historical, literary, social and cultural context of the novel including the early reception of...

Dr Katie Halsey

Stirling University

English Literature

Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms

Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms

In this course, Professor Peter Messent explores Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel, A Farewell to Arms. We begin in the first module by thinking about the way Hemingway reacts in his language to the sensationalism and empty sloganeering of Allied propaganda...

Prof. Peter Messent

Nottingham University

English Literature

Conan Doyle: The Sign of Four

Conan Doyle: The Sign of Four

In this course, Dr Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) explores Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Four (1890). We begin by providing a broad introduction to the novel, exploring how the novel came to be commissioned...

Dr Christopher Pittard

Portsmouth University

English Literature

Satrapi: Persepolis

Satrapi: Persepolis

In this course, Dr Dominic Davies (University of Oxford) explores Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis. We begin by thinking about what Persepolis is and what it's about, focusing in particular on the historical events that form the background of the...

Dr Dominic Davies

Oxford University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Merchant's Tale

Chaucer: The Merchant's Tale

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores Geoffrey Chaucer's Merchant's Tale. We begin by thinking about some of the Biblical allusions in the Tale, focusing in particular on the Garden the Eden and the Song of Songs....

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. The course begins with a broader introduction to the novel, thinking about the context in which the novel was written and published,...

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University