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    14 Feb 2018

  • History how-to videos: Books and bibles

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Feb 2018
    What does the information in the front of books tell us about where they come from?
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    05 Feb 2018

  • ‘Literary Caregiving’: The War Library and Endell Street Military Hospital Library

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Feb 2018
    How did women (including suffragettes) help wounded soldiers in the First World War? Dr Sara Haslam explores this question, drawing on her research into...
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    29 Jan 2018

  • Tales of Trump told in Trumpian tones: Michael Wolff's Fire And Fury

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    With the overnight international bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff utilises his ‘semipermanent seat’ on a West Wing sofa...
  • Creating a different world: Celebrating Ursula K LeGuin

    By Dimitra Fimi

    A short celebration of the life and work of the sci-fi author Ursula K LeGuin, who died earlier this week.

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    27 Jan 2018

  • Creating a different world: Celebrating Ursula K LeGuin

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2018
    A short celebration of the life and work of the sci-fi author Ursula K LeGuin, who died earlier this week.
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    Charles Dickens: Celebrity Author

    Over 200 years since he was born Charles Dickens remains a literary icon. In fact, he was one of the first superstars...

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    25 Jan 2018

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    Over 200 years since he was born Charles Dickens remains a literary icon. In fact, he was one of the first superstars - discover how he cultivated his work...
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    25 Jan 2018

  • Shall I Compare Thee? Poetry, Education, Seduction - An OpenMinds talk

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    Professor Richard Danson Brown explores poetry, comparison and education in a lecture for The Open University.
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    24 Jan 2018

  • How technology can challenge our understanding of Frankenstein

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    Dr Francesca Benatti, Research Fellow in Digital Humanities at The Open University, believes specialised text analysis software can help us develop new...
  • Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

    By Samantha Hurn

    Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in...

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    18 Jan 2018

  • Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2018
    Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?
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    Under the covers: The emerging critical sleep studies

    By Jennifer J* Moos

    Jennifer J* Moos responds to Michael Greaney's thoughts on how the science of sleep is portrayed in modern literature.

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    22 Dec 2017

  • Under the covers: The emerging critical sleep studies

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    Jennifer J* Moos responds to Michael Greaney's thoughts on how the science of sleep is portrayed in modern literature.
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    07 Dec 2017

  • The values of Bond: What 007 tells us about changing attitudes to sexual harassment

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2017
    James Bond's workplace relationships reflect changing attitudes over six decades, says Moncia Germana.

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    What is poetry?

    Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This free course, What is poetry?, is designed to illustrate the...

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    Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start?...
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    Exploring Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts

    This free course introduces Virginia Woolf’s last novel, Between the Acts (1941), with the aim of understanding how she writes about time, memory,...

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    Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

    Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help...

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    Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue....
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    The poetry of Sorley MacLean

    Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley...

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    Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the...
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    Approaching poetry

    Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This free course, Approaching poetry, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need...

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    05 Feb 2016

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    Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This free course,...
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    Approaching prose fiction

    Do you want to get more out of your reading? This free course, Approaching prose fiction, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for...

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    05 Feb 2016

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    Do you want to get more out of your reading? This free course, Approaching prose...
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    Approaching plays

    Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    05 Feb 2016

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    Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is...
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    Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

    What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written? This free course, Christopher...

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    18 Jan 2016

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    What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the...
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    Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations

    This free course, Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations, considers some of the different ways of reading Great Expectations, based on...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    11 Jan 2016

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    This free course, Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations, considers...
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    John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

    This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2 of John Webster's Renaissance tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. It...

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    06 Jan 2016

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    This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2...