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Format Title Author/Contributor Source
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 https://writersmakeworlds.com
Video Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Robert Douglas-Fairhurst https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Video Middle Earth and Tolkien's Digital Afterlives Stuart Lee https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Video Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' Margaret Kean https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Video The Death Masks of Macbeth Simon Palfrey https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/dbooks/
Video The Stories of Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Stuart Lee, Margaret Kean https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Video Useful Frames and Dead Pasteboard Sarah Hook https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Literary Allusion in Harry Potter Beatrice Groves, Victoria McGuinness https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Video Memoir and Memory: Aminatta Forna in Conversation with Elleke Boehmer Aminatta Forna, Elleke Boehmer https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Edmund Blunden Margi Blunden https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Impact of the 1914 – 1918 Poets Adrian Barlow https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio 'Earth Voices Whispering’: Reading Ireland’s Poetry of WWI: An Introduction Gerald Dawe https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio David Jones Stuart Lee https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Isaac Rosenberg: ‘Fierce Imaginings’ – the Private and the Poet Jean Liddiard https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Ivor Gurney: A Poet born out of War Philip Lancaster https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Manuscripts Stuart Lee https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Edward Thomas: Edwardian War Poet Guy Cuthbertson https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Popular Poetry Stuart Lee https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio ‘On your lips my life is hung’: Robert Graves and War Charles Mundye https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Poetry vs. History Stuart Lee https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Georgians and Others Stuart Lee https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio The Early Poets Alisa Miller https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Poetry of the Empire Simon Featherstone https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Siegfried Sassoon Meg Crane https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Wilfred Owen Jon Stallworthy https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio Women Poets Jane Potter https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Audio War Poetry Mark Rawlinson https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Other Jorge Luis Borges: This Craft of Verse Lectures Jorge Luis Borges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSLV7t9DvN8
Other Beloved by Toni Morrison (primary source set and teaching guide) Melissa Strong https://dp.la/primary-source-sets/beloved-by-toni-morrison/teaching-guide#tabs
Other Exploring Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts (course) Sue Asbee https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/literature/exploring-virginia-woolfs-between-the-acts/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Other Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (course) Open UniversitySteve Padley https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/literature-and-creative-writing/literature/sam-selvon-the-lonely-londoners/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Audio Elleke Boehmer's The Shouting in the Dark and Other Southern Writings Elleke Boehmer, Emma Parker
Other Prismatic Jane Eyre Matthew Reynolds https://prismaticjaneeyre.org/
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. https://ota.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repository/xmlui/
Other Science and the Supernatural Melissa Dickson https://diseasesofmodernlife.org/
Other Dracula and Modern Life Emilie Taylor-Brown, Hosanna Krienke, Sarah Green https://diseasesofmodernlife.org/
Other On the Subject of Speed: Thomas Hardy Catherine Charlwood https://diseasesofmodernlife.org/
Video Late Victorian into Modern Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Laura Marcus https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Video Character in Modern Drama Kirsten Shepherd-Barr https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Video Work, Time and Stress: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Sally Shuttleworth, Marie Tidball https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Essay Victorian Gothic: An Introduction Julian Thompson
Essay Literature and Victorian Religion Julian Thompson
Essay An Introduction to Beowulf Daniel Thomas
Video Theatre, 1660-1760: The Arrival of the Actress David Taylor https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/
Video Theatre, 1660-1760: Restoration and Change David Taylor https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/

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