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Two Yorkish episodes

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
A visit to the site of a Civil War battle - and a hanging tale of a murder.

Nine days' wonder in York

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
William has much admiration for the Minster - but the joy of York is to be harshly curtailed...

Some merits of Manchester

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
In Manchester, William is struck by the city's dignity - and woollen socks.

A modest liking for Liverpool

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Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
In the 1880s, W D Howell lived in England, recording his impressions of the places he visited. In this extract from Seven English Cities, his...

Ralph Waldo Emerson on Shakespeare's craft

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
The American poet and essayist pays tribute to the skill of the British poet and playwright.

Mark Twain on whether Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
Was the work of Shakespeare really cooked up by Bacon? Mark Twain recounts a long journey and a longer argument.

Leo Tolstoy on King Lear

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
In this extract from 'A critical essay on Shakespeare' - published in English in 1906 - Tolstoy suggests King Lear shows Shakespeare up as...

Queen Victoria on William Shakespeare

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
What did the Queen of England think of the Bard of Avon? We dip into her diaries to find out...

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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...