literature

# Title Description Contributor
1 Ezra Pound

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

Rebecca Beasley
2 Why should we study Dickens?

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

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Ilana Lassman
3 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
4 03 Lire Sade avec Rousseau

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

Mladen Kozul
5 DH Lawrence 4. The World at Large

Catherine Brown gives the fourth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
6 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
7 Walcott and Naipaul: History and Myth

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

Catherine Brown
8 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
9 18th Century Labouring Class Poetry

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

Jennifer Batt
10 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
11 The Comedy of Errors

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

Emma Smith
12 Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reading

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

Stuart Lee
13 DH Lawrence 5. The Alps

Catherine Brown gives the fifth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
14 Censorship in South Africa: Introduction

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

Peter McDonald
15 John Milton

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

Anna Beer
16 William Blake

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

David Fallon
17 George Eliot 3. Reception History

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

Catherine Brown
18 Popular fiction in World War One

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

Jane Potter
19 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
20 Twelfth Night

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

Emma Smith
21 Beowulf reading, ll. 26-52

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

Stuart Lee
22 William Godwin- Letter to Mary Shelley

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

Hoare Nairne
23 Henry V

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

Emma Smith
24 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
25 Literature and Form 1: Unreliable Narrators

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

Catherine Brown
26 Henry IV part 1

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

Emma Smith
27 Richard II

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

Emma Smith
28 The Hobbit at the Bodleian: World Book Day 2010

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

Judith Priestman
29 Antony and Cleopatra

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

Emma Smith
30 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
31 Jane Austen's Manuscripts Explored

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

Kathryn Sutherland
32 Measure for Measure

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

Emma Smith
33 King John

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

Emma Smith
34 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
35 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
36 Richard III

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

Emma Smith
37 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
38 A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

Emma Smith
39 Percy Bysshe Shelley - Letter to Mary Shelley

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

Henry Cockburn
40 Jonathan Swift and the Art of Undressing

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

Abigail Williams
41 DH Lawrence 2. Humour

Catherine Brown gives the second lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
42 George Eliot - A Very Large Brain

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

Catherine Brown
43 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
44 Political Perspectives to State Censorship of Literature

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

Peter McDonald, David Robertson
45 Othello

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

Emma Smith
46 George Eliot 1. Intellect and Consciousness

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

Catherine Brown
47 King Lear

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

Emma Smith
48 Titus Andronicus

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

Emma Smith
49 Literature and Form 2: Chapters

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

Catherine Brown
50 Taming of the Shrew

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

Emma Smith
51 The Watsons: Jane Austen Practising

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

Kathryn Sutherland
52 Is Tragedy still Alive?

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

Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings
53 Shakespeare and the Stage

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

Tiffany Stern
54 Mary Leapor

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

Jennifer Batt
55 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
56 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
57 The Bodleian Shakespeare: A treasure lost... and regained

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

Emma Smith
58 DH Lawrence 3. Christianity

Catherine Brown gives the third lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
59 The Merchant of Venice

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

Emma Smith
60 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
61 Olive Schreiner

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

Elleke Boehmer
62 George Eliot 2. Genre and Justice

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

Catherine Brown
63 Katherine Mansfield and Rhythm Magazine

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

Faith Binckes
64 Much Ado About Nothing

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

Emma Smith
65 J.M. Coetzee

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

Peter McDonald
66 Mary Shelley - Journal of Sorrow

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

Nouran Koriem
67 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
68 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
69 Why Dickens?

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

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
70 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
71 Beowulf

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

Francis Leneghan
72 3. Art and Morality

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

Sos Eltis
73 Literature and State Censorship: A literary perspective

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

Peter McDonald, Elleke Boehmer
74 Dickens' Railways

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

Stephen Gill
75 DH Lawrence 1. Consciousness

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

Catherine Brown
76 Macbeth

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

Emma Smith
77 Peter McDonald on Censorship in South Africa

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

Peter McDonald, Oliver Lewis
78 Hamlet

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

Emma Smith
79 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
80 Does Tragedy Teach?

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

Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings
81 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
82 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
83 History of English Pronunciation

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

Simon Horobin
84 DH Lawrence 6. Birds, Beasts and Children

Catherine Brown gives the sixth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
85 The Tempest

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

Emma Smith
86 W.B. Yeats and the Ghost Club

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

Tara Stubbs
87 Literature and Form 3: Multiple Plotting

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

Catherine Brown
88 Chaucer

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

Daniel Wakelin
89 As You Like It

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

Emma Smith
90 DH Lawrence 7. Reception History

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

Catherine Brown
91 Why should we study Shakespeare?

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

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

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

Laura Ashe, Ilana Lassman
93 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
94 Legal issues in state censorship

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

Peter McDonald, Liora Lazarus
95 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
96 Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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

Emma Smith
97 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
98 07 Sade, homme de lettres

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

St├ęphanie Genand
99 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
100 Peter McDonald on Literature

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

Peter McDonald, Oliver Lewis
101 Translations as Literature

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

Matthew Reynolds
102 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
103 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
104 Acting Masterclass: "Lend me your ears"

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

Gregory Doran, Sam Leith
105 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 J.M. Coetzee

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

Peter McDonald
5 Olive Schreiner

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

Elleke Boehmer
6 The language of Shakespeare

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

Kate O'Connor
7 Teaching Shakespeare in Schools

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

Joyti Chandegra
8 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
9 Old English Tour - British Library

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

Stuart Lee
10 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
11 William Blake

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

David Fallon
12 Ezra Pound

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

Rebecca Beasley
13 Katherine Mansfield and Rhythm Magazine

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

Faith Binckes
14 Literature and Form 3: Multiple Plotting

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

Catherine Brown
15 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
16 The Tempest: Prospero

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

Archie Cornish, Dylan Townley
17 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
18 Literature and Form 1: Unreliable Narrators

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

Catherine Brown
19 Shakespeare and the Stage

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

Tiffany Stern
20 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
21 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
22 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
23 Chaucer

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

Daniel Wakelin
24 Jane Austen's Manuscripts Explored

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

Kathryn Sutherland
25 DH Lawrence 1. Consciousness

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

Catherine Brown
26 Literature and Form 2: Chapters

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

Catherine Brown
27 DH Lawrence 5. The Alps

Catherine Brown gives the fifth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
28 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
29 DH Lawrence 6. Birds, Beasts and Children

Catherine Brown gives the sixth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
30 The Tempest: Direction and interpretation

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

Archie Cornish, Dylan Townley
31 Understanding Shakespeare

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

Nick Lyons
32 Jonathan Swift and the Art of Undressing

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

Abigail Williams
33 Beowulf

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

Francis Leneghan
34 John Milton

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

Anna Beer
35 DH Lawrence 2. Humour

Catherine Brown gives the second lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
36 George Eliot - A Very Large Brain

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

Catherine Brown
37 DH Lawrence 7. Reception History

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

Catherine Brown
38 A history of the dictionary: Dr Johnson, I presume?

Free public lecture by Henry Hitchings at Gresham College, recorded on Monday, 2 March 2009....

Henry Hitchings
39 Phiz, Dickens and London

Free public lecture from Gresham College. Available as video, audio, transcript and power-point...

Valerie Browne Lester
40 Dickens and the Moving Age (lecture)

Free public lecture from Gresham College. Available as video, audio and transcript.

...

Tony Williams
41 The Dictionary Garret - Anatomy of a Room

Free public lecture from Gresham College. Available as video, audio, transcript and power-point...

Natasha McEnroe
42 The face of Charles Dickens - portraits of the great author

Free public lecture from Gresham College. Available as video, audio and transcript

...

Andrew Xavier
43 18th Century Labouring Class Poetry

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

Jennifer Batt
44 DH Lawrence 3. Christianity

Catherine Brown gives the third lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
45 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
46 The Watsons: Jane Austen Practising

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

Kathryn Sutherland
47 The Tempest: Our revels now are ended

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

Dylan Townley
48 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
49 Acting Masterclass: 'Pyramus, you begin'

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

Gregory Doran
50 DH Lawrence 4. The World at Large

Catherine Brown gives the fourth lecture in the DH Lawrence series

Catherine Brown
# 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