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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants an overview of the development of English Literature
  • Anyone undertaking or planning to undertake an English Literature degree
  • Anyone who loves and wants a greater knowledge of the English language and its development.
  • Anyone who loves reading

What you’ll learn: 

  • You will learn about the development of genres, language and ideas in English Literature
  • You will learn about a variety of authors, their lives and how they influenced English Literature
  • You will learn about literary forms
  • You will understand different approaches to literary criticism
  • Learn about the use of literary devices
  • You will discover how the English language progressed from Anglo-Saxon to Middle English to Early Modern English to Modern English


  • No prior knowledge is required to take this course. 

Do you want to discover the highlights of English literature and become well informed about some of the world’s best known writers? Do you want to learn about the development of literature, language, and ideas? Maybe you need to pass a citizenship test or college entrance exam. This course will give you a thorough grounding in English Literature.

This is an in depth course in English Literature. Presented the way a literature degree at any respected university would be structured, it looks at every major era of English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern day, covering the major authors in each era. We also look at the development of the English Language, English history and the development of ideas from medieval heroism to postmodernism. 

This is not just a collection of my personal favourite writers: it’s very much based on the English literary canon. We also look at American, Australian, Canadian and Irish literature in English. Along the way we’ll cover works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Austen, Tennyson, the Brontes, Dickens, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling,  William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Beckett, Yeats, Keats, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Haddon… There’s something here for everyone.

The reading list is pretty extensive but you can dip in and out of it and no prior knowledge of the texts is required.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will be as informed as a Literature graduate.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
Introduction: How To Use This Course 00:00:00
Resources To Help You On This Course 00:00:00
Downloadable Course Resources 00:00:00
Reading English Literature: Textual Analysis 00:00:00
Literary Devices 00:00:00
Literary Criticism 00:00:00
Section 2 - Old English (Anglo-Saxon)
Language And History Of The Earliest English Texts 00:00:00
The Dream Of The Rood And The Ruthwell Cross 00:00:00
Beowulf 00:00:00
Wulf And Eadwacer 00:00:00
Section 3 - Middle English Texts
Language And Literature In The Later Medieval Period 00:00:00
Chaucer 00:00:00
Malory’s Morte D’ Arthur 00:00:00
Sir Gawain And The Green Knight 00:00:00
Julian Of Norwich: The First Published Female Writer In English 00:00:00
Section 4 - Renaissance Literature: Poets And Playwrights
History And Language In Renaissance England 00:00:00
William Shakespeare 00:00:00
Christopher Marlowe 00:00:00
The Faerie Queene 00:00:00
Section 5 - The English Civil War And The Great Epic Poem In English
John Milton And Paradise Lost 00:00:00
Section 6 - The Age Of Richardson, Austen And The Novel
Reason And Sensibility: The Literary Culture Of The Regency And 18th Century 00:00:00
Samuel Richardson 00:00:00
Jane Austen 00:00:00
Matthew Gregory Lewis 00:00:00
Section 7 - The Romantics
Romantic Doesn’t Mean Mills And Boon! 00:00:00
William Wordsworth 00:00:00
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 00:00:00
Percy Bysshe Shelley 00:00:00
George Gordon, Lord Byron 00:00:00
John Keats 00:00:00
Section 8 - Victorian Literature
Literature And Social Change 00:00:00
Charles Dickens 00:00:00
The Brontë Sisters 00:00:00
George Eliot 00:00:00
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 00:00:00
Section 9 - Early Twentieth Century English Literature: The First World War
The Century Of War 00:00:00
The War Poets: Siegfried Sasson, Wilfred Owen And Robert Graves 00:00:00
Rudyard Kipling 00:00:00
Section 10 - Modernism In England And The Bloomsbury Set
Modernism In England: Bloomsbury Values 00:00:00
Virginia Woolf 00:00:00
E.M. Forster 00:00:00
Section 11 - Fathers Of Fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis And The Inklings
The Inklings 00:00:00
Tolkien Or Lewis? 00:00:00
A Short Note About George MacDonald 00:00:00
J.R.R. Tolkien 00:00:00
C.S. Lewis 00:00:00
Section 12 - Late Twentieth And Early 21st Century English Literature
The World Changes… 00:00:00
J.K. Rowling 00:00:00
Mark Haddon 00:00:00
Ian McEwan 00:00:00
Section 13 - American Literature
American Literature: Introduction 00:00:00
Harriet Beecher Stowe 00:00:00
Mark Twain 00:00:00
Louisa May Alcott 00:00:00
F. Scott Fitzgerald 00:00:00
Harper Lee 00:00:00
William Faulkner 00:00:00
Arthur Miller 00:00:00
Other Noteworthy American Writers 00:00:00
Section 14 - Irish Literature In English
Irish Literature: Identity And Poetry 00:00:00
William Butler Yeats 00:00:00
George Bernard Shaw 00:00:00
Samuel Beckett 00:00:00
James Joyce 00:00:00
Seamus Heaney 00:00:00
Other Noteworthy Irish Writers 00:00:00
Section 15 - Canadian Literature
L.M. Montgomery 00:00:00
Margaret Atwood 00:00:00
Section 16 - Australian Literature
Henry Savery 00:00:00
Jeannie Gunn 00:00:00
Section 17 - Other Noteworthy English Language Writers
Other Noteworthy English Language Writers 00:00:00
Section 18 - Conclusion
Further Reading 00:00:00
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