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  • How did music influence Virgina Woolf? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: George Charles Beresford

    How did music influence Virgina Woolf?

    By Emma Sutton

    Virginia Woolf once wrote that music was "nearest to truth", and it was inarguably a major influence on her work....

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 Jul 2017

  • How did music influence Virgina Woolf?

    How did music influence Virgina Woolf? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: George Charles Beresford New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Virginia Woolf once wrote that music was "nearest to truth", and it was inarguably a major influence on her work. Emma Sutton uses Woolf's story A Simple...
  • The String Quartet Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Blair Pittman / Environmental Protection Agency

    The String Quartet

    By Virginia Woolf

    Meeting again after seven years... This short story by Virginia Woolf was originally published in 1921 as part of the...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 Jul 2017

  • The String Quartet

    The String Quartet Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Blair Pittman / Environmental Protection Agency New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Meeting again after seven years... This short story by Virginia Woolf was originally published in 1921 as part of the Monday or Tuesday collection.
  • The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling Creative commons image Icon By Morgan Johnston (originally posted to Flickr as Balmoral Hotel) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling

    By Professor Nicola Watson

    In January 2007, J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in a room at the Balmoral Hotel...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 Jul 2017

  • The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling

    The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling Creative commons image Icon By Morgan Johnston (originally posted to Flickr as Balmoral Hotel) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jul 2017
    In January 2007, J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in a room at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. What drives literary...
  • Introducing the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical Creative commons image Icon Wellcome Library, London under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Introducing the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical

    By Sir Isaac Newton

    Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical was published 330 years ago today. To mark the...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Jul 2017

  • Introducing the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical

    Introducing the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical Creative commons image Icon Wellcome Library, London under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jul 2017
    Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematical was published 330 years ago today. To mark the anniversary, here's Newton's original...
  • What did Voltaire think about Buddhism? Creative commons image Icon Manchester Art Gallery / Art UK under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    What did Voltaire think about Buddhism?

    By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

    Donald S. Lopez, Jr. looks at Voltaire’s early reflections on Buddhism and how, in his desire to separate the Buddha...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    26 Jun 2017

  • What did Voltaire think about Buddhism?

    What did Voltaire think about Buddhism? Creative commons image Icon Manchester Art Gallery / Art UK under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jun 2017
    Donald S. Lopez, Jr. looks at Voltaire’s early reflections on Buddhism and how, in his desire to separate the Buddha’s teachings from the trappings of...
  • Shakespeare: For All Time?

    By Dr Edmund King

    A current production of Julius Caesar is causing controversy in the USA for allegedly depicting Donald Trump's murder...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Jun 2017

  • Shakespeare: For All Time?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jun 2017
    A current production of Julius Caesar is causing controversy in the USA for allegedly depicting Donald Trump's murder, but what does this tell us about the...
  • Witches in popular culture Creative commons image Icon Matthew under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Witches in popular culture

    By Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley

    Western culture can't seem to shake off portraying women as witches. Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley wonders why.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 May 2017

  • Witches in popular culture

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    Witches in popular culture Creative commons image Icon Matthew under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 May 2017
    Western culture can't seem to shake off portraying women as witches. Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley wonders why.
  • The Life of Saint George Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain

    The Life of Saint George

    By Reverend Alban Butler

    This extract from Alban Butler's 18th Century work on the lives of the saints tells the story of England's patron...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    23 Apr 2017

  • The Life of Saint George

    The Life of Saint George Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Apr 2017
    This extract from Alban Butler's 18th Century work on the lives of the saints tells the story of England's patron saint.
  • Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression Creative commons image Icon John Phelan under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license

    Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

    By Dr Zsófia Demjén

    Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath's...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    11 Apr 2017

  • Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

    Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression Creative commons image Icon John Phelan under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Apr 2017
    Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath's journals suggest it might be possible.
  • World Poetry Day Creative commons image Icon Steve Johnson under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    World Poetry Day

    By The OpenLearn team

    21 March is World Poetry Day. Take a look at a range of powerful poems in our poetry prescription tool, view our...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    21 Mar 2017

  • World Poetry Day

    World Poetry Day Creative commons image Icon Steve Johnson under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Mar 2017
    21 March is World Poetry Day. Take a look at a range of powerful poems in our poetry prescription tool, view our videos and try a range of free courses.

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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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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2017

  • 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

    Updated on:

    08 Feb 2016

  • Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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    Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’ Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    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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    Approaching prose fiction Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    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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    Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    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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    John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
    This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2...