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  • Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list Creative commons image Icon StagiaireMGIMO under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

    By The OpenLearn team

    This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2017

  • Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

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    Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list Creative commons image Icon StagiaireMGIMO under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jan 2017
    This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the archives.
  • How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto Creative commons image Icon Daniele Prati under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Why has Tolkien's fantasy language had a greater impact than those who attempted to engineer a universal language?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Jan 2017

  • How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto

    How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto Creative commons image Icon Daniele Prati under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2017
    Why has Tolkien's fantasy language had a greater impact than those who attempted to engineer a universal language?
  • Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism? Creative commons image Icon Saschaporsche under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism?

    By Christopher Pittard

    Is the 21st Century version of the great detective designed to make thinking less threatening? Christopher Pittard...

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    13 Jan 2017

  • Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism?

    Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism? Creative commons image Icon Saschaporsche under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Updated 13 Jan 2017
    Is the 21st Century version of the great detective designed to make thinking less threatening? Christopher Pittard thinks so.
  • To Walk Invisible Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    To Walk Invisible

    To Walk Invisible, a drama co-produced by The Open University and written by Sally Wainwright, tells the story of the Brontë sisters' rise to...

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    2 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Dec 2016

  • To Walk Invisible

    To Walk Invisible Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 19 Dec 2016
    To Walk Invisible, a drama co-produced by The Open University and written by Sally Wainwright, tells the story of the Brontë sisters' rise to literary fame...
  • Dr Sara Haslam on the Brontë sisters’ work Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Dr Sara Haslam on the Brontë sisters’ work

    By Dr Sara Haslam

    Sara Haslam was The Open University's academic consultant on OU/BBC drama 'To Walk Invisible'. Here she...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Dec 2016

  • Dr Sara Haslam on the Brontë sisters’ work

    Dr Sara Haslam on the Brontë sisters’ work Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2016
    Sara Haslam was The Open University's academic consultant on OU/BBC drama 'To Walk Invisible'. Here she discusses what makes the Brontës’ work so...
  • To Walk Invisible: Interview with the crew Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    To Walk Invisible: Interview with the crew

    By Dr Sara Haslam

    Crew members including Faith Penhale (the Executive Producer) discuss their part in To Walk Invisible, how...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Dec 2016

  • To Walk Invisible: Interview with the crew

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    To Walk Invisible: Interview with the crew Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2016
    Crew members including Faith Penhale (the Executive Producer) discuss their part in To Walk Invisible, how the idea came about and their reading of...
  • To Walk Invisible: Interview with the cast Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    To Walk Invisible: Interview with the cast

    By Dr Sara Haslam

    Some cast members Finn Atkins (Charlotte), Chloe Pirrie (Emily), Charlie Murphy (Anne) and Adam Nagaitis ...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Dec 2016

  • To Walk Invisible: Interview with the cast

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    To Walk Invisible: Interview with the cast Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2016
    Some cast members Finn Atkins (Charlotte), Chloe Pirrie (Emily), Charlie Murphy (Anne) and Adam Nagaitis (Branwell) discuss the drama To Walk Invisible...
  • Quiz: Which Brontë sister wrote it?

    By Dr Sara Haslam, The OpenLearn team

    Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë had very different writing styles but can you tell their writing apart from the...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Dec 2016

  • Quiz: Which Brontë sister wrote it?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Dec 2016
    Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë had very different writing styles but can you tell their writing apart from the other? Try our interactive quiz to find out.
  • OpenLearn Live: 14th December 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Priwo

    OpenLearn Live: 14th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Why are decisions about oil production made in a country without a significant oil industry?; how Podesta's emails...

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    Article

    Updated on:

    14 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 14th December 2016

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    Updated 14 Dec 2016
    Why are decisions about oil production made in a country without a significant oil industry?; how Podesta's emails were phished, and A poet reads her...
  • OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Copyright

    OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Remembering a published who shaped the lives of authors and readers alike; how Marie Tharp helped us understand the...

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    06 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 6th December 2016 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Copyright
    Updated 06 Dec 2016
    Remembering a published who shaped the lives of authors and readers alike; how Marie Tharp helped us understand the planet and the price of planes. Learning...

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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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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    08 Feb 2016

  • 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....
  • 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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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • The poetry of Sorley MacLean

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    The poetry of Sorley MacLean Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the...
  • 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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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • 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 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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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • 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...
  • 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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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Approaching plays

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    Approaching plays Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is...
  • 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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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jan 2016

  • What is poetry?

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    What is poetry? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
    Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start?...
  • 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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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    18 Jan 2016

  • 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...
  • 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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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2016

  • 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...
  • 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

    Updated on:

    06 Jan 2016

  • 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...
  • Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

    This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    06 Jan 2016

  • Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

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    Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
    This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely...