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# Title Description Contributor
1 Senses of Reality: Writing the Biography of a Revolutionary Generation

The annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture given at Wolfson College on May 27th 2010.

Roy Foster
2 What is a Classic? English Graduate Conference 2012 Panel Debate, Talk 2

Judith Luna, the Senior Commissioning Editor at Oxford World's Classics, draws on her...

Judith Luna
3 What can I say? Secrets in fiction and biography

Booker Prize winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst discusses fiction and biography in conversation...

Alan Hollinghurst, Hermione Lee
4 Ezra Pound

Dr Rebecca Beasley explains why we should read Pound, someone she considers as the central...

Rebecca Beasley
5 Why should we study Dickens?

Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst of Magdalen College, Oxford, discusses his current research and...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Ilana Lassman
6 Oxford Literary Festival 2010 Pieces of Places - Reading of Alan Garner's Work

The 50th anniversary of the publication of Alan Garner's first novel, The Weirdstone of...

Robert Powell, Alan Garner
7 03 Lire Sade avec Rousseau

This lecture is in French. Third lecture in the Sade, l'inconnu? Nouvelles approaches...

Mladen Kozul
8 Aime Cesaire and Derek Walcott

Jason Allen offers a comparative discussion of two important Caribbean poets and playwrights,...

Jason Allen, Dominic Davies
9 The Joys of Cricket

This podcast looks at cricket seen through eighteenth-century eyes, focussing on a poem by James...

Adam Rounce
10 DH Lawrence 4. The World at Large

Catherine Brown gives the fourth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
11 Who Translates and for Whom?

Fourth part of the What is Translation Podcast series. In this part, the question of who is best...

Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick
12 What does Tragedy do for People?

A discussion of what the use of tragedy is, and whether the emotional experience of tragic...

Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings
13 Walcott and Naipaul: History and Myth

Catherine Brown, Lecturer in English Literature, compares West Indian writers Derek Walcott and...

Catherine Brown
14 Brought to Book: Book History and the Idea of Literature

Professor Paul Eggert, University of New South Wales, gives the 17th Annual D.F. McKenzie...

Paul Eggert
15 Great Writers Inspire Great Writing

Alex Pryce considers how writers are readers, influenced and inspired by the works of other...

Alex Pryce
16 18th Century Labouring Class Poetry

Dr Jennifer Batt gives a talk on Stephen Duck, one of the 18th Century labouring-class poets

Jennifer Batt
17 Harriet Shelley - Letter to Eliza Westbrook, Shelley and her parents

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Harriet Shelley drowned herself in December 1816,...

Hannah Morrell
18 Oxford Literary Festival 2010 By Seven Firs and Goldenstone - An account of the Legend of Alderley

Alan Garner gives an illustrated lecture on the Legend of Alderley. This version of the myth of...

Alan Garner
19 Olive Schreiner

Dominic Davies talks about Olive Schreiner, the postcolonial South African author, and how her...

Dominic Davies
20 The Revenger's Tragedy: Thomas Middleton

A blackly camp tragedy - Hamlet without the narcissism - set in a court corrupted by lust and...

Emma Smith
21 A Discussion of Emily Dickinson's 'I started early, took my dog'.

Dr Sally Bayley presents an illuminating reading of Emily Dickinson's 'I started early...

Sally Bayley
22 The Sandwich that Sabotaged Civilisation

Myths and Mistakes. How a well known photograph and an infamous lunch break have shaped our...

Dr Paul Miller
23 The Comedy of Errors

Lecture 12 in the Approaching Shakespeare series asks how seriously we can take the farcical...

Emma Smith
24 Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reading

Reading from an entry in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by Stuart D Lee, University of Oxford....

Stuart Lee
25 DH Lawrence 5. The Alps

Catherine Brown gives the fifth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
26 Mary Shelley (with Percy Bysshe Shelley) - Draft of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley drafted Frankenstein in two tall notebooks. The first notebook was probably...

Christopher Adams
27 Censorship in South Africa: Introduction

Peter McDonald talks briefly about what first interested him in Censorship of Literature in...

Peter McDonald
28 The Duchess of Malfi: John Webster

In dramatizing a woman's sexual choices in a notably sympathetic manner, this tragedy...

Emma Smith
29 John Milton

Dr Anna Beer shares a few short extracts of Milton's poem Lycidas and discusses what they...

Anna Beer
30 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Fair copy of Ode to the West Wind

Part of the Shelly's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley's best-known poem was written in...

Christopher Adams
31 Percy Bysshe Shelley: Letter to William Godwin

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Using false names, Shelley sent copies of The...

Henry Cockburn
32 Postcolonial Women Writers

Professor Elleke Boehmer notes the distinct lack of women writers on the Post/Colonial Writing...

Elleke Boehmer, Dominic Davies
33 William Blake

Dr David Fallon introduces the poetry, painting, and engraving of William Blake, focusing on the...

David Fallon
34 George Eliot 3. Reception History

In this third and final podcast, Dr Catherine Brown discusses the popularity of George Eliot...

Catherine Brown
35 Why should we study Postcolonial Literature?

Professor Elleke Boehmer of Wolfson College, Oxford, discusses her current research and proposes...

Elleke Boehmer, Sarah Wilkin
36 Poetry and Tobacco

This podcast looks at the relationship between tobacco and poetic inspiration, through some...

Abigail Williams, Laurence Williams, John Clargo
37 Popular fiction in World War One

An argument for a more nuanced assessment of the popular literature consumed by the wider public...

Jane Potter
38 Old English in Context Lecture 1 - Historical texts

Lecture by Dr S. D. Lee, Faculty of English, Oxford University - placing Old English literature...

Stuart Lee
39 Twelfth Night

The seventh Approaching Shakespeare lecture takes a minor character in Twelfth Night - Antonio...

Emma Smith
40 Beowulf reading, ll. 26-52

Reading from Beowulf ll. 26-52 by Stuart D Lee, University of Oxford. Recorded March 2007.

Stuart Lee
41 William Godwin- Letter to Mary Shelley

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. This is the letter Godwin wrote to Mary after...

Hoare Nairne
42 The Hobbit at the Bodleian: World Book Day

Judith Priestman, curator of the Bodleian library, discusses the World Book Day 2010 exhibition...

Judith Priestman
43 Henry V

The second lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series looks at King Henry V, and asks whether...

Emma Smith
44 Shakespeare and Medieval Romance

Professor Helen Cooper, University of Cambridge, speaks about the continuities between the...

Helen Cooper
45 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Opening lines of 'The Triumph of Life'

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley worked on 'The Triumph of Life',...

Hoare Nairne
46 Literature and Form 1: Unreliable Narrators

Dr. Catherine Brown offers a series introducing different writing forms and their use in great...

Catherine Brown
47 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Dedication fair copy of 'With a guitar. To Jane'

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley presented this light-hearted poem, copied...

Jordan Saxby
48 Henry IV part 1

Like generations of theatre-goers, this lecture concentrates on the (large) figure of Sir John...

Emma Smith
49 Richard II

Lecture eight in the Approaching Shakespeare series asks the question that structures Richard II...

Emma Smith
50 From Owen's Doomed Youth, to his doomed youth

Lecture at the event 'Wilfred Owen: From Doomed Youth to the Battle of the Sambre'....

Jean Moorcroft Wilson
51 The Romance of the Middle Ages

Dr Nicholas Perkins talks about how romance functions as a genre in the middle ages, especially...

Nicholas Perkins
52 The Hobbit at the Bodleian: World Book Day 2010

Judith Priestman, curator of literary manuscripts at the Bodleian library, discusses the World...

Judith Priestman
53 Mary Wollstonecraft - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. In her most famous work Mary Wollstonecraft argued...

Annabell James
54 Why should we study the humanities?

For those wanting a further challenge, Professor Helen Small of Pembroke College, Oxford,...

Helen Small, Ilana Lassman
55 13.Bodleian Ballads Online: engagement for performance, teaching and research.

Cultural Connections talk by Giles Bergel. Part of the Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School...

Giles Bergel.
56 Antony and Cleopatra

What kind of tragedy is this play, with its two central figures rather than a singular hero? The...

Emma Smith
57 The King James Bible: The End of the Road?

A conversation between Melvyn Bragg and Diarmaid MacCulloch, chaired by the Chancellor of the...

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Melvyn Bragg, Chris Patten
58 Jane Austen's Manuscripts Explored

Professor Kathyrn Sutherland from the University of Oxford talks around the manuscripts of Jane...

Kathryn Sutherland
59 Can Poetry be Translated?

Third part of the What is Translation podcast series. In this part, the question of whether...

Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick
60 Wartime Art and Grief

German women and the aesthetics of loss portrayed through art during the First World War.

Claudia Siebrecht
61 Why should we study Johnson?

Professor Ros Ballaster of Mansfield College, Oxford, discusses her current research and...

Ros Ballaster, Sarah Wilkin
62 The Better Part of Valour

Combatant Courage on the Western Front.

Edward Madigan
63 Measure for Measure

The third Approaching Shakespeare lecture, on Measure for Measure, focuses on the vexed question...

Emma Smith
64 King John

At the heart of King John is the death of his rival Arthur: this fifteenth lecture in the...

Emma Smith
65 Is there a Core to Translation?

First part of the What is Translation podcast series looking at translation of classical texts....

Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick
66 This book of starres': biblical constellations in the poetry of Herbert and Vaughan

Prof Helen Wilcox (Bangor University) gives the third lecture in the Manifold Greatness"...

Helen Wilcox
67 Richard III

In this thirteenth lecture in the Approaching Shakespeare series the focus is on the...

Emma Smith
68 Oscar Wilde's Women

Sophie Duncan introduces Oscar Wilde by setting him in an accurate historical context.

Sophie Duncan
69 Wolves and Winter: Old Norse Myths and Children's Literature

Dr Carolyne Larrington, Supernumerary Fellow and Tutor in English, St John's College, gives...

Carolyne Larrington
70 A Midsummer Night's Dream

This lecture on A Midsummer Night's Dream uses modern and early modern understandings of...

Emma Smith
71 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Letter to Mary Shelley

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. 'Everybody is in despair and every thing in...

Henry Cockburn
72 16.To Shakespeare and Beyond: a panel discussion.

Cultural Connections discussion panel Casandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, Jose Perez Diaz and Emma Smith...

Cassandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, José Pérez Díez, Emma Smith
73 Lewis Carroll in Numberland

An intriguing biographical exploration of Lewis Carroll, focusing on the author's...

Robin Wilson
74 Jonathan Swift and the Art of Undressing

Dr Abigail Williams gives a talk on Jonathan Swift and the Art of Undressing

Abigail Williams
75 DH Lawrence 2. Humour

Catherine Brown gives the second lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
76 George Eliot - A Very Large Brain

In this ten minute podcast, Dr Catherine Brown discusses George Eliot's intellectual...

Catherine Brown
77 The Authorised Version in Modern Literature: David and Job get makeovers

Prof Terence Wright (Newcastle University) gives the fourth lecture in the Manifold Greatness;...

Terrence Wright
78 Political Perspectives to State Censorship of Literature

Peter McDonald and David Robertson discuss the idea of state censorship, especially Apartheid...

Peter McDonald, David Robertson
79 Othello

Othello - First in Emma Smith's Approaching Shakespeare lecture series; looking at the...

Emma Smith
80 George Eliot 1. Intellect and Consciousness

In this lecture Dr Catherine Brown brings her discussion to focus primarily upon Eliot's...

Catherine Brown
81 Old English in Context Lecture 3 - Religion and Magic

Lecture 3 in a series on placing Old English in Context, Religion and magic. Delivered by Dr S D...

Stuart Lee
82 King Lear

Showing how generations of critics - and Shakespeare himself - have rewritten the ending of King...

Emma Smith
83 Titus Andronicus

Focusing in detail on one particular scene, and on critical responses to it, this sixth...

Emma Smith
84 Literature and Form 2: Chapters

Dr. Catherine Brown offers a series of talks introducing different writing forms and their use...

Catherine Brown
85 Taming of the Shrew

Emma Smith uses evidence of early reception and from more recent productions to discuss the...

Emma Smith
86 The Shoemaker's Holiday: Thomas Dekker

Like a Busby Berkeley depression-era musical, Dekker's comedy is a feel-good antidote to a...

Emma Smith
87 Why should we study Elizabethan Theatre?

Professor Tiffany Stern of University College, Oxford, discusses her current research and...

Tiffany Stern, Ilana Lassman
88 The Watsons: Jane Austen Practising

Professor Kathryn Sutherland from the University of Oxford talks about some of Jane Austen'...

Kathryn Sutherland
89 Is Tragedy still Alive?

Discussion on whether tragedy still exists in modern culture, whether in films, modern theatre...

Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings
90 Shakespeare and the Stage

Professor Tiffany Stern gives a talk on William Shakespeare and how his plays were performed in...

Tiffany Stern
91 Where may truth lie? Fiction in memory, memory in fiction

The award-winning author and memoirist Candia McWilliam attests to the edifying power of fiction...

Candia McWilliam
92 Shakespeare and Voice

Linda Gates, Professor of Voice at Northwestern University (USA) discusses how Shakespeare'...

Linda Gates
93 Mary Leapor

Dr Jennifer Batt talks about Mary Leapor, an 18th Century kitchen maid who wrote accomplished...

Jennifer Batt
94 What is a Classic? English Graduate Conference 2012 Panel Debate, Talk 1

Dr Ankhi Mukherjee, Wadham college, Oxford, speaks to the question 'What is a Classic?...

Ankhi Mukherjee
95 Only Collect: An Introduction to the World of the Poetic Miscellany

Dr Abigail Williams, Director of the Digital Miscellanies Index, explains how these popular...

Abigail Williams
96 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Adonais. An Elegy on the Death of John Keats

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. This great elegy was prompted by the news of the...

Jordan Saxby
97 Kipling, the Elton John of his age?

Professor Elleke Boehmer discusses why Kipling's writing, and his poetry of the late...

Elleke Boehmer, Dominic Davies
98 Mary Shelley - Letter to Percy Bysshe Shelley

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley and Mary arrived back in London to face the...

Nouran Koriem
99 The Bodleian Shakespeare: A treasure lost... and regained

From the 2010 Alumni Weekend. Emma Smith reveals how Oxford University mobilised Alumni support...

Emma Smith
100 Babbling a Dialect of France: Loanwords, French, and Johnson's Dictionary

Professor Mugglestone discusses the concept of loanwords in relationship to Samuel Johnson'...

Lynda Mugglestone
101 DH Lawrence 3. Christianity

Catherine Brown gives the third lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
102 The poetry of war

Explores the aesthetics and impact of war poetry in the early eighteenth century, focussing on...

Abigail Williams
103 The Merchant of Venice

This lecture on The Merchant of Venice discusses the ways the play's personal relationships...

Emma Smith
104 Arden of Faversham: Anon

A true crime story of the murder of Thomas Arden by his wife and her lover, this play is...

Emma Smith
105 Old English Tour - British Library

Audio Only Tour of the Old English Manuscripts on display at the British Library by Dr S. D. Lee...

Stuart Lee
106 The Roaring Girl: Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker

Based on a contemporary scandal of a woman who dressed in male clothing, this play of topsy-...

Emma Smith
107 Athol Fugard: "Defining Moments"

Humanitas Inaugural Keynote Lecture - Athol Fugard: "Defining Moments" - in his life...

Athol Fugard
108 Language and History

Prof. Simon Horobin examines how the English language has changed over time, addressing such...

Simon Horobin
109 Olive Schreiner

Professor Elleke Boehmer gives a talk on Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), the South African novelist...

Elleke Boehmer
110 George Eliot 2. Genre and Justice

The second lecture in the series on George Eliot considers how narrative justice operates in...

Catherine Brown
111 Dons, Deaths and Detectives: Oxford in Crime Fiction

Professor Colin Bundy, University of Oxford, talks at the Crime Fiction Day at St John's...

Colin Bundy
112 Katherine Mansfield and Rhythm Magazine

Dr Faith Binckes explains why modernist short story writer and critic Katherine Mansfield (1888-...

Faith Binckes
113 Dickens's Points of View

Professor Jon Mee, University of Warwick, discusses how Dickens's fiction can be considered...

Jon Mee
114 From Mametz Wood to The General

Lecture on Siegfried Sassoon given at the Imperial War Museum, London, 12th November 2011.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson
115 Much Ado About Nothing

Emma Smith asks why the characters are so quick to believe the self-proclaimed villain Don John...

Emma Smith
116 J.M. Coetzee

Professor Peter McDonald gives a talk on the work of South African Nobel Laureate, J.M. Coetzee...

Peter McDonald
117 Mary Shelley - Journal of Sorrow

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. In the months immediately following Shelley's...

Nouran Koriem
118 Defining Tragedy

First dialogue between Oliver Taplin and Joshua Billings on tragedy: they discuss what '...

Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings
119 The Last Phase

A discussion on the last phase of the First World War. A talk given at 'Wilfred Owen: From...

Max Egremont
120 The real Jane Austen: A life in small things

Biographer Paula Byrne (Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the...

Paula Byrne
121 Shakespeare and the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

Professor Charlotte Brewer introduces the methodology behind the creation of the OED and how...

Charlotte Brewer
122 What is a Classic? English Graduate Conference 2012 Panel Debate, Talk 3

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, draws on her experience as a trustee of the Booker Prize and as a...

Helena Kennedy
123 What is a Great Writer? An academic panel discussion.

In this panel discussion from the Great Writers Inspire Engage Event workshop, Dr Seamus Perry,...

Seamus Perry, Margaret Kean, Peter McDonald, Ankhi Mukherjee, Rebecca Beasley
124 Anglo-Saxon Tour - British Museum

Audio only Tour of the Anglo-Saxon exhibits on display at the British Museum by Dr S. D. Lee,...

Stuart Lee
125 Why Dickens?

Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst talks of Dickens' life and influences and why these have made...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
126 The Winter's Tale

How we can make sense of a play that veers from tragedy to comedy and stretches credulity in its...

Emma Smith
127 Mary Wollstonecraft Three notes to William Godwin

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Even after their marriage Godwin and Wollstonecraft...

Hannah Morrell
128 Beowulf

Dr Francis Leneghan gives a talk on Beowulf, one of the most important works in Anglo-Saxon...

Francis Leneghan
129 The Spanish Tragedy: Thomas Kyd

Popular tragedy in which Hieronimo pursues aristocratic murderers of his son Horatio and takes...

Emma Smith
130 First year English Tutorial: Old English Riddles

A tutorial given by Lucinda Rumsey, Mansfield College, Oxford University, to some first year...

Lucinda Rumsey
131 3. Art and Morality

Sos Eltis gives the third lecture in the series on Oscar Wilde, focussing on Wilde's...

Sos Eltis
132 Literature and State Censorship: A literary perspective

Peter McDonald and Elleke Bohemer discuss state censorship from a literary perspective; also...

Peter McDonald, Elleke Boehmer
133 Dickens' Railways

Professor Stphen Gill, Lincoln College, gives a talk about the influence the Railways had on...

Stephen Gill
134 DH Lawrence 1. Consciousness

Catherine Brown gives her first lecture in the D.H. Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
135 Macbeth

In this fourth Approaching Shakespeare lecture the question is one of agency: who or what makes...

Emma Smith
136 Peter McDonald on Censorship in South Africa

Peter McDonald talks with Oliver Lewis about censorship, its philosophical basis and general...

Peter McDonald, Oliver Lewis
137 Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley - Joint journal entry

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Shelley and Mary eloped at 4.15 am on 28 July 1814...

Henry Cockburn
138 Hamlet

The fact that father and son share the same name in Hamlet is used to investigate the play'...

Emma Smith
139 Oxford Literary Festival 2010 Pieces of Places Discussion The Weirdstone of Brisingameng

Alan Garner, Mark Edmonds and Robert Powell take part in a discussion on the subject of pieces...

Alan Garner, Mark Edmonds, Robert Powell
140 Julian Thompson on Wilkie Collins

Dr. Julian Thompson considers how Wilkie Collins's fiction was pioneering across a variety...

Julian Thompson
141 Does Tragedy Teach?

Third dialogue on the nature of tragedy where they talk about whether tragic theatre teaches...

Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings
142 War and Civilization Series Lecture 2: War and Poetry

Geoffrey Hill is currently Professor of Literature and Religion at Boston University and in 2009...

Geoffrey Hill
143 Old English in Context Lecture 4 - Manuscripts

Fourth and final lecture by Dr S D Lee, University of Oxford, on Old English in Context. 7/2/08...

Stuart Lee
144 Is there ever a Faithful Translation?

Second part of the What is Translation podcast series. In this part, the question of whether...

Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick
145 Old English in Context Lecture 2 - Society

Lecture delivered by Dr Stuart D Lee, 24/1/08, English Faculty, University of Oxford on Anglo-...

Stuart Lee
146 History of English Pronunciation

Do we really know what Chaucer's poetry sounded like? Professor Simon Horobin introduces...

Simon Horobin
147 Max Arthur Interview

An interview with Max Arthur, author of 'Forgotten Voices', 'Last Post', and...

Max Arthur
148 Cristian Aliaga: Your Virtues Are Your Faults. Poetry Reading (Spanish and English)

A reading by Cristian Aliaga, one of Argentina's outstanding contemporary poets, given at...

Cristian Aliaga, Ben Bollig
149 Oriental Tales and Their Influence

Prof. Warner and Prof. Ballaster begin their conversation with Antoine Galland's...

Ros Ballaster, Marina Warner
150 DH Lawrence 6. Birds, Beasts and Children

Catherine Brown gives the sixth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
151 Scissored and Pasted: readers and writers redoing and undoing King James

Prof Valentine Cunningham, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, gives the second lecture in the King...

Valentine Cunningham
152 The Making of the King James (Authorised) Version of the Bible 1604-1611

Professor Pauline Croft, Royal Holloway, University of London, first in the King James Bible...

Pauline Croft
153 The Tempest

That the character of Prospero is a Shakespearean self-portrait is a common reading of The...

Emma Smith
154 Joseph Conrad and Postcoloniality - Part 1: Conrad and Chinua Achebe

Professor Peter McDonald talks to Great Writers Inspire about the Post/Colonial aspects of...

Peter McDonald
155 DH Lawrence: A Postcolonial Writer?

Professor Peter McDonald draws on the work of Indian novelist and literary critic, Amit...

Peter McDonald
156 Smallpox in poetry

Smallpox was rife in the eighteenth century, leaving its mark both on its sufferers, and on the...

Elizabeth Atkinson
157 W.B. Yeats and the Ghost Club

Dr Tara Stubbs uses exciting new research findings to discuss the close links between Yeats...

Tara Stubbs
158 Literature and Form 3: Multiple Plotting

Dr Catherine Brown gives the third lecture in the Literature and Form lecture series. Including...

Catherine Brown
159 Chaucer

Professor Daniel Wakelin discusses the work of Chaucer and explains how he was one of the first...

Daniel Wakelin
160 Rethinking British Volunteerism in 1914: A Rush to the Colours?

The British response to the outbreak of War in 1914.

Catriona Pennell
161 As You Like It

Asking 'what happens in As You Like It', this lecture considers the play's...

Emma Smith
162 DH Lawrence 7. Reception History

Catherine Brown gives the Seventh and final lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
163 Julian Thompson on Sir Walter Scott

Dr Julian Thompson introduces 'the least read great writer in our literature'. He...

Julian Thompson
164 Julian Thompson on Rudyard Kipling

Dr Julian Thompson considers a writer described by Kingsley Amis as 'our greatest writer of...

Julian Thompson
165 Why should we study Shakespeare?

Dr Emma Smith of Hertford College, Oxford, discusses her current research and proposes why we...

Emma Smith, Ilana Lassman
166 Why should we study Chaucer?

Dr Laura Ashe of Worcester College, Oxford, discusses her current research and proposes why we...

Laura Ashe, Ilana Lassman
167 "Oh, you liar, you storyteller": On Fibbing, Fact and Fabulation

The first Weinrebe lecture in life-writing was given by Michèle Roberts, Emeritus Professor of...

Michèle Roberts
168 Literature and Form 4: What is "Comparative Literature"?

Dr Catherine Brown gives the fourth and final lecture in the Literature and Form lecture series...

Catherine Brown
169 Legal issues in state censorship

Peter McDonald and Liora Lazarus discuss the legal issues of state censorship especially in...

Peter McDonald, Liora Lazarus
170 Swirls and secrets: the mysteries of Jonathan Swift's love letters

In Swift's letters to his adored Stella, we see an elaborate combination of language and...

Abigail Williams
171 Rewriting Jane Eyre: The Avenging 'Angel in the House' in Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White

Erin Nyborg draws parallels between Michael Faber's 2002 novel The Crimson Petal and the...

Erin Nyborg
172 William Godwin: Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. Godwin's memoir of Mary Wollstonecraft has...

Henry Cockburn
173 English and Gender

Professor Deborah Cameron explores some of the key theories surrounding the use of language by...

Deborah Cameron
174 Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Pericles has been on the margins of the Shakespearean canon: this fourteenth lecture in the...

Emma Smith
175 Philip Pullman: Lyra's Oxford, Bodleian Library Masterclass

Acclaimed author of His Dark Materials Philip Pullman is interviewed by Margaret Kean on his new...

Phillp Pullman, Margaret Kean
176 06.Writing for New Audiences.

Cultural Connections workshop with novelist, screenwriter and Head of Creative Writing at Brunel...

Max Kinnings
177 08 Obscenity off the Scene: Sade's La Philosophie dans le Boudoir

This lecture is in English. Eighth lecture in the Sade, l'inconnu? Nouvelles approaches...

John Phillips
178 07 Sade, homme de lettres

This lecture is in French. Seventh lecture in the Sade, l'inconnu? Nouvelles approaches...

Stéphanie Genand
179 "Bright Metal on a Sullen Ground": The idea of true character in English writing and portraiture

Historian Stella Tillyard delivers the fourth Weinrebe Lecture in Life-Writing and Portraiture....

Stella Tillyard
180 The Birth of Romance in England

Dr Laura Ashe delivers a lecture on the birth of romance in England in the 12th Century, part of...

Laura Ashe
181 Shackled by Language: The Representation and Self-Representation of English-Speaking Black Voices in Black Atlantic Writing

Cecilia Bennett considers the use of the English language in black Atlantic narratives.

Cecilia Bennett
182 The Lure of the East: the Oriental and Philosophical Tale in Eighteenth-Century England

Professor Ros Ballaster discusses the objectives of oriental tales published in the second half...

Ros Ballaster
183 Shedding light on the dark ages

The Dark Ages are traditionally seen as nasty, brutish and short - a cultural and intellectual...

Janina Ramirez
184 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Draft of 'Ozymandias'

Part of the Shelley's Ghost Exhibition. 'Ozymandias' is the Greek name for Ramses...

Christopher Adams
185 Why should we study medieval romance?

Dr Nicholas Perkins of St Hugh's College, Oxford, discusses his current research and...

Nicholas Perkins, Sarah Wilkin
186 Information about Great Writers Inspire

Further information about the educational resource: http://...

Sarah Wilkin
187 Why should we study Old English Literature?

Dr Francis Leneghan of St Cross College, Oxford, discusses his current research around Beowulf...

Francis Leneghan
188 Victorian Realism and the Implied Reader

Michael Whitworth, English Faculty, Oxford University, gives a lecture at the English Faculty...

Michael Whitworth
189 The Ladle: a comic poem

Matthew Prior's The Ladle was one of the most popular poems of the eighteenth century. This...

Louise Curran
190 Music in miscellanies

Much popular music of the eighteenth century is found in poetic miscellanies. But how was it...

Giles Lewin
191 Pastoral Poetry

Introduces the poetry of rural life, and its debt to classical sources.

Kathleen Lawton-Trask
192 Politics in poetry

This podcast explores the culture of Jacobitism in the eighteenth century, using a popular...

John McTague
193 The life of epigrams

This podcasts introduces the popular eighteenth century epigram

Dianne Mitchell
194 Petticoats and fashion

An introduction to the world of fashion and the politics of the petticoat, seen through the...

Elizabeth Atkinson
195 Joseph Conrad and Postcoloniality - Part 2: Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim

Professor Peter McDonald talks to Great Writers Inspire about the Post/Colonial aspects of...

Peter McDonald
196 Peter McDonald on Literature

Summary: Peter McDonald talks about how he became to be interested in Literature, how he became...

Peter McDonald, Oliver Lewis
197 What's so great about Austen? Isn't she just bonnets and balls?

Some film and tv adaptations of Jane Austen's novels might give the impression that the...

Sandie Byrne
198 Translations as Literature

Matthew Reynolds, Fellow and Tutor in English Language and Literature, Oxford, gives a talk for...

Matthew Reynolds
199 2. Wilde, Victorian and Modernist

Sos Eltis gives the second lecture in her series on Oscar Wilde, focussing on his place in the...

Sos Eltis
200 1. The Art of Biography and the Biography of Art

First lecture in the Oscar Wilde series in which Sos Eltis talks about Wilde's life and his...

Sos Eltis
201 Acting Masterclass: "Lend me your ears"

A practical Masterclass with Greg Doran from the Royal Shakespeare Company on how Shakespeare...

Gregory Doran, Sam Leith
202 Acting Masterclass: 'Pyramus, you begin'

A practical Masterclass looking at what clues Shakespeare puts into the verse for the actor....

Gregory Doran
# Title Description Contributor
1 Mary Leapor

Dr Jennifer Batt talks about Mary Leapor, an 18th Century kitchen maid who wrote accomplished...

Jennifer Batt
2 The Tempest - Our revels now are ended: Conveying Shakespeare's meaning

The actor Dylan Townley talks about the language of Shakespeare. He describes how understanding...

Dylan Townley
3 Great Writers Inspire- An Introduction to the Project

A short introductory video to the "Great Writers Inspire project.

Joshua Carr
4 Scissored and Pasted: readers and writers redoing and undoing King James

Prof Valentine Cunningham, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, gives the second lecture in the King...

Valentine Cunningham
5 The Making of the King James (Authorised) Version of the Bible 1604-1611

Professor Pauline Croft, Royal Holloway, University of London, first in the King James Bible...

Pauline Croft
6 13.Bodleian Ballads Online: engagement for performance, teaching and research.

Cultural Connections talk by Giles Bergel. Part of the Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School...

Giles Bergel
7 J.M. Coetzee

Professor Peter McDonald gives a talk on the work of South African Nobel Laureate, J.M. Coetzee...

Peter McDonald
8 Olive Schreiner

Professor Elleke Boehmer gives a talk on Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), the South African novelist...

Elleke Boehmer
9 The language of Shakespeare

Actors and the director talk about how they have approached and worked with their student...

Kate O'Connor
10 Teaching Shakespeare in Schools

A teacher talks about how she teaches Shakespeare in school, using video clips and references...

Joyti Chandegra
11 16.To Shakespeare and Beyond: a panel discussion.

Cultural Connections discussion panel Casandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, Jose Perez Diaz and Emma Smith...

Cassandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, José Pérez Díez, Emma Smith
12 Literature and Form 4: What is "Comparative Literature"?

Dr Catherine Brown gives the fourth and final lecture in the Literature and Form lecture series...

Catherine Brown
13 Old English Tour - British Library

Enhanced Podcast Tour of the Old English Manuscripts on display at the British Library by Dr S....

Stuart Lee
14 Oxford Literary Festival 2010 By Seven Firs and Goldenstone - An account of the Legend of Alderley

Alan Garner gives an illustrated lecture on the Legend of Alderley. This version of the myth of...

Alan Garner
15 William Blake

Dr David Fallon introduces the poetry, painting, and engraving of William Blake, focusing on the...

David Fallon
16 First year English Tutorial: Old English Riddles

A tutorial given by Lucinda Rumsey, Mansfield College, Oxford University, to some first year...

Lucinda Rumsey
17 Popular fiction in World War One

An argument for a more nuanced assessment of the popular literature consumed by the wider public...

Jane Potter
18 Ezra Pound

Dr Rebecca Beasley explains why we should read Pound, someone she considers as the central...

Rebecca Beasley
19 The Sandwich that Sabotaged Civilisation

Myths and Mistakes. How a well known photograph and an infamous lunch break have shaped our...

Dr Paul Miller
20 Katherine Mansfield and Rhythm Magazine

Dr Faith Binckes explains why modernist short story writer and critic Katherine Mansfield (1888-...

Faith Binckes
21 Literature and Form 3: Multiple Plotting

Dr Catherine Brown gives the third lecture in the Literature and Form lecture series. Including...

Catherine Brown
22 Swirls and secrets: the mysteries of Jonathan Swift's love letters

In Swift's letters to his adored Stella, we see an elaborate combination of language and...

Abigail Williams
23 Wartime Art and Grief

German women and the aesthetics of loss portrayed through art during the First World War.

Claudia Siebrecht
24 The Tempest: Prospero

Actor Dylan Townley talks with director Archie Cornish about the character Prospero. They...

Archie Cornish, Dylan Townley
25 Only Collect: An Introduction to the World of the Poetic Miscellany

Dr Abigail Williams, Director of the Digital Miscellanies Index, explains how these popular...

Abigail Williams
26 Athol Fugard: "Defining Moments"

Humanitas Inaugural Keynote Lecture - Athol Fugard: "Defining Moments" - in his life...

Athol Fugard
27 Literature and Form 1: Unreliable Narrators

Dr. Catherine Brown offers a series introducing different writing forms and their use in great...

Catherine Brown
28 Conflict Culture

How much do we really know about the experience of the average individual soldier?

Matthew Leonard
29 Shakespeare and the Stage

Professor Tiffany Stern gives a talk on William Shakespeare and how his plays were performed in...

Tiffany Stern
30 What is a Great Writer? An academic panel discusses the question.

In this panel discussion from the Great Writers Inspire Engage Event workshop, Dr Seamus Perry,...

Seamus Perry, Margaret Kean, Peter McDonald, Ankhi Mukherjee, Rebecca Beasley
31 Shedding light on the dark ages

The Dark Ages are traditionally seen as nasty, brutish and short - a cultural and intellectual...

Janina Ramirez
32 What is a Classic? English Graduate Conference 2012 Panel Debate, Talk 1

Dr Ankhi Mukherjee, Wadham college, Oxford, speaks to the question 'What is a Classic?...

Ankhi Mukherjee
33 The Authorised Version in Modern Literature: David and Job get makeovers

Prof Terence Wright (Newcastle University) gives the fourth lecture in the Manifold Greatness;...

Terrence Wright
34 This book of starres': biblical constellations in the poetry of Herbert and Vaughan

Prof Helen Wilcox (Bangor University) gives the third lecture in the Manifold Greatness"...

Helen Wilcox
35 The Tempest: For you am I this patient log-man

The director and actors talk about the log-scene in The Tempest and how they interpret and...

Archie Cornish, Dylan Townley
36 Chaucer

Professor Daniel Wakelin discusses the work of Chaucer and explains how he was one of the first...

Daniel Wakelin
37 Jane Austen's Manuscripts Explored

Professor Kathyrn Sutherland from the University of Oxford talks around the manuscripts of Jane...

Kathryn Sutherland
38 DH Lawrence 1. Consciousness

Catherine Brown gives the first lecture in the D.H. Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
39 Literature and Form 2: Chapters

Dr. Catherine Brown offers a series of talks introducing different writing forms and their use...

Catherine Brown
40 DH Lawrence 5. The Alps

Catherine Brown gives the fifth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
41 The Tempest - Our revels now are ended: Bringing a scene to Life

The director Archie Cornish, and actor Dylan Townley, introduce the Revel speech in The Tempest...

Archie Cornish, Dylan Townley
42 DH Lawrence 6. Birds, Beasts and Children

Catherine Brown gives the sixth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
43 The Tempest: Direction and interpretation

Director Archie Cornish and actor Dylan Townley - Prospero - talk about adapting, directing and...

Archie Cornish, Dylan Townley
44 Understanding Shakespeare

The actor Nick Lyons talks about the challenge of the language barrier and how he dealt with it...

Nick Lyons
45 Jonathan Swift and the Art of Undressing

Dr Abigail Williams gives a talk on Jonathan Swift and the Art of Undressing

Abigail Williams
46 Beowulf

Dr Francis Leneghan gives a talk on Beowulf, one of the most important works in Anglo-Saxon...

Francis Leneghan
47 John Milton

Dr Anna Beer shares a few short extracts of Milton's poem Lycidas and discusses what they...

Anna Beer
48 DH Lawrence 2. Humour

Catherine Brown gives the second lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
49 Rethinking British Volunteerism in 1914: A Rush to the Colours?

The British response to the outbreak of War in 1914.

Catriona Pennell
50 George Eliot - A Very Large Brain

Dr Catherine Brown gives a talk on George Eliot and her influences

Catherine Brown
51 DH Lawrence 7. Reception History

Catherine Brown gives the Seventh and final lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
52 18th Century Labouring Class Poetry

Dr Jennifer Batt gives a talk on Stephen Duck, one of the 18th Century labouring-class poets

Jennifer Batt
53 DH Lawrence 3. Christianity

Catherine Brown gives the third lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
54 Two Gentlemen of Verona: The view from the Director

The director talks about how she adapted the script and directed the student Shakespeare...

Kate O'Connor
55 The Watsons: Jane Austen Practising

Professor Kathryn Sutherland from the University of Oxford talks about some of Jane Austen'...

Kathryn Sutherland
56 The Tempest: Our revels now are ended

The famous Shakespeare scene from The Tempest, performed by actors from an Oxford student drama...

Dylan Townley
57 06.Writing for New Audiences.

Cultural Connections workshop with novelist, screenwriter and Head of Creative Writing at Brunel...

Max Kinnings
58 What is a Classic? English Graduate Conference 2012 Panel Debate, Talk 2

Judith Luna, the Senior Commissioning Editor at Oxford World's Classics, draws on her...

Judith Luna
59 Acting Masterclass: "Lend me your ears"

A second Masterclass on how Shakespeare spins rhetoric for the actor, with Sam Leith, journalist...

Gregory Doran, Sam Leith
60 Acting Masterclass: 'Pyramus, you begin'

A practical Masterclass with Greg Doran from the Royal Shakespeare Company looking at what clues...

Gregory Doran
61 What is a Classic? English Graduate Conference 2012 Panel Debate, Talk 3

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, draws on her experience as a trustee of the Booker Prize and as a...

Helena Kennedy
62 Dons, Deaths and Detectives: Oxford in Crime Fiction

Professor Colin Bundy, University of Oxford, talks at the Crime Fiction Day at St John's...

Colin Bundy
63 DH Lawrence 4. The World at Large

Catherine Brown gives the fourth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
64 What's so great about Austen? Isn't she just bonnets and balls?

Some film and tv adaptations of Jane Austen's novels might give the impression that the...

Sandie Byrne
# Title Description Author
1 1. The Art of Biography and the Biography of Art (handout)

First lecture in the Oscar Wilde series in which Sos Eltis talks about Wilde's life and his...

Sos Eltis
2 3. Art and Morality (handout)

Sos Eltis gives the third lecture in the series on Oscar Wilde, focussing on Wilde's...

Sos Eltis
3 2. Wilde, Victorian and Modernist (handout)

Sos Eltis gives the second lecture in her series on Oscar Wilde, focussing on his place in the...

Sos Eltis
4 Arden of Faversham: Anon (eBook)

Arden of Feversham / Unknown. This is the epub edition of the play.

Anonymous