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Jorge Luis Borges: A short reading list

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
"My father's library has been the chief event in my life...the truth is that I have never emerged from it" wrote Borges. Perhaps; but works by and...

Titty or Tatty: What's in a name?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2016
Quite a lot, as it turns out. Severine Hubscher-Davidson explores why texts need to change with the times - and why some things are better...

Percy Shelley: Polemicist

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
The political writing of Percy Shelley might have a message for the UK right now, believes Mark Summers.

OpenLearn Live: 21st July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
The author who, choosing between her art and her husband, went for art; when Thatcher visited Poland. Then more free learning through the day.

A journey through two Englands

A journey through two Englands Copyright free image Copyright free: Samuel Laurence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2016
In this extract from George Eliot's Felix Holt The Radical, a coach makes its way through a nation divided.

OpenLearn Live: 8th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2016
The pretty pigment that packs a poisonous punch; George Eliot on Brexit; Jupiter's wife and why Nottingham Forest have got a problem. Free learning...

Stonehenge before the First World War

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
In this extract from Afoot In England, the naturalist and author William Henry Hudson despairs of a site already being turned into a tourist...

How I wrote Frankenstein

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
In this extract from the preface to the third edition of Frankenstein, published in 1831, Mary Shelley explains how she came to write her most...

Download free eBook guides to famous literary works

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Updated 16 Jun 2016
Exclusive to OpenLearn, OU experts have created guides to introduce some key works of fiction for you to download and read on your prefered device....

OpenLearn Live: 16th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
A dark, blue moon; Frankenstein's 200th birthday and fast food boxes that deliver virtual reality. Free learning from across the day.

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Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help...

The poetry of Sorley MacLean

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley...

Approaching poetry

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...

Approaching prose fiction

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...

Approaching plays

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...

What is poetry?

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
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...

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
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...

Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
This free course, Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations, considers some of the different ways of reading Great Expectations, based on...

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
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...

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as...