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The legend of the Pied Piper

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Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2015
The story of the Pied Piper dates way back into German history - way back before Robert Browning got involved...

A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist

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A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist
Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2015
Hubert Selby's Requiem For A Dream is a bleak tale of descent into addiction. It inspired Dr Amy Milton and shaped her career.

The Evolution of English debate

The Evolution of English debate Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Apr 2015
The 23rd April marks English language day 2015; we look at what has been the biggest influence on the English language over the past 100 years...

Collecting Shakespeare: Crowd funding and rediscovered plays

Collecting Shakespeare: Crowd funding and rediscovered plays Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
A benefit gig, a rediscovered lost play and a beef with Alexander Pope: Lewis Theobald's 18th Century edition of Shakespeare plays could have...

World Book Day

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Updated 05 Mar 2015
Calling all bookworms and budding writers! Celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 5th March 2015) with our free resources and eBooks on OpenLearn.

Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2014
Is there a magic ingredient to writing good sex scenes? 

Speaking Shakespeare: How was Shakespeare pronounced when he was writing?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Dec 2014
How do we know what actors sounded like when they performed premieres of Shakespeare plays? The clues, as ever, are in the lines themselves...

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The fall of the Berlin Wall had a great impact, especially in the world of the arts. 

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What is poetry?

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 Apr 2014
Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This unit is designed to illustrate the techniques behind both the...

Approaching poetry

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of...

Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit considers some of the different ways of reading Great Expectations, based on the type of genre the book belongs to. This is one of the...

Approaching prose fiction

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Do you want to get more out of your reading? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary...

Approaching plays

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Do you want to get more out of drama? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays....

Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help...

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 02 Feb 2012
This unit concentrates on Sam Selvon’s twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as well...

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 01 Nov 2011
This unit concentrates on Acts 1 and 2 of John Webster’s Renaissance tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. It focuses on the representation of marriage...

The poetry of Sorley MacLean

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 24 Jun 2011
Sorley Maclean (1911-1996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This unit will introduce you to his poetry...

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 22 Jun 2011
What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written? This unit will help you to...