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Format Title Author/Contributor Source
Other Phillis Wheatley Wikipedia
Image Phillis Wheatley
Essay Celebrating women's writing: the pen in their hands Ros Ballaster
Other A Play in Fragments by Maria Edgeworth - A Surviving Manuscript Ellen B. Brewster, Ros BallasterMaria Edgeworth
Essay Exhibiting Maria Edgeworth and Her Fellow Literary Lions Ros Ballaster, Ben Wilkinson-Turnbull
Video Brighton Ambitious: Some Fragments, a play by Maria Edgeworth Ellen B. Brewster, Ros BallasterMaria Edgeworth
Essay Brighton Ambitious: Some Fragments Ellen B. Brewster, Ros BallasterMaria Edgeworth
Essay Maria Edgeworth - A biographical note. Ros Ballaster
Video Patience Agbabi reading and conversation Patience Agbabi, Elleke Boehmer, Marion Turner
Video Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Video Middle Earth and Tolkien's Digital Afterlives Stuart Lee
Video Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' Margaret Kean
Video The Death Masks of Macbeth Simon Palfrey
Video The Stories of Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Stuart Lee, Margaret Kean
Video Useful Frames and Dead Pasteboard Sarah Hook
Audio Literary Allusion in Harry Potter Beatrice Groves, Victoria McGuinness
Video Memoir and Memory: Aminatta Forna in Conversation with Elleke Boehmer Aminatta Forna, Elleke Boehmer
Audio Edmund Blunden Margi Blunden
Audio Impact of the 1914 – 1918 Poets Adrian Barlow
Audio 'Earth Voices Whispering’: Reading Ireland’s Poetry of WWI: An Introduction Gerald Dawe
Audio David Jones Stuart Lee
Audio Isaac Rosenberg: ‘Fierce Imaginings’ – the Private and the Poet Jean Liddiard
Audio Ivor Gurney: A Poet born out of War Philip Lancaster
Audio Manuscripts Stuart Lee
Audio Edward Thomas: Edwardian War Poet Guy Cuthbertson
Audio Popular Poetry Stuart Lee
Audio ‘On your lips my life is hung’: Robert Graves and War Charles Mundye
Audio Poetry vs. History Stuart Lee
Audio Georgians and Others Stuart Lee
Audio The Early Poets Alisa Miller
Audio Poetry of the Empire Simon Featherstone
Audio Siegfried Sassoon Meg Crane
Audio Wilfred Owen Jon Stallworthy
Audio Women Poets Jane Potter
Audio War Poetry Mark Rawlinson
Other Jorge Luis Borges: This Craft of Verse Lectures Jorge Luis Borges
Other Beloved by Toni Morrison (primary source set and teaching guide) Melissa Strong
Other Exploring Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts (course) Sue Asbee
Other Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (course) Open UniversitySteve Padley
Audio Elleke Boehmer's The Shouting in the Dark and Other Southern Writings Elleke Boehmer, Emma Parker
Other Prismatic Jane Eyre Matthew Reynolds
eBook The habitable world described: or the present state of the people in all parts of the globe, from north to south; shewing the situation, extent, clima... Trusler, John, 1735-1820.
Other Science and the Supernatural Melissa Dickson
Other Dracula and Modern Life Emilie Taylor-Brown, Hosanna Krienke, Sarah Green
Other On the Subject of Speed: Thomas Hardy Catherine Charlwood
Video Late Victorian into Modern Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Laura Marcus
Video Character in Modern Drama Kirsten Shepherd-Barr
Video Work, Time and Stress: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Sally Shuttleworth, Marie Tidball
Essay Victorian Gothic: An Introduction Julian Thompson
Essay Literature and Victorian Religion Julian Thompson