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English Literature: Be as Informed as a Literature Graduate

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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 through grounding in English Literature.

If you have always wanted to be a literature buff but didn't know where to start, this course is for you. Maybe you are already knowledgeable about English Literature but would like to learn a little bit more about its history and the development of language and ideas. Maybe you are thinking of taking a college course in English Literature and want a taster to see if it is for you. You may need a knowledge of English language and literature to pass a citizenship test or gain access to a higher education institution. If so, this course is in depth enough to meet your needs.

This is one of the the most in depth courses in English Literature online. 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 heroicsm to postmodernism. This is not just a collection of my personal favourite writers: it's very much based on the English literary cannon. We also look at American 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,  Williams Faulkner, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Beckett, Yeates, 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.

With a degree in English Literature and a Master's in Old English from the respected Queen's University of Belfast as well as being a writer myself, I will be your guide on a literary odyssey which spans 13 centuries and more than 47 writers.

Join today to

  • Discover timeless stories and poetry you will love

  • Grow confidence in your knowledge of literature

  • Learn about the development of the English language

  • Understand cultural and ideological shifts found in English Literature


  • Introduction
  • Reading English Literature
  • Literary Devices
  • Literary Criticism
  • Old English
  • The Dream of the Rood & the Ruthwell Cross
  • Beowulf
  • Wulf and Eadwacer
  • Middle English Texts
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Thomas Malory
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Kinght
  • Julian of Norwich
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Shakeapeare
  • Christopher Marlowe
  • Edmund Spenser
  • John Milton
  • The Novel and the Cult of Sensibility
  • Samuel Richardson
  • Jane Austen
  • The Romantics and the Romantic Period
  • Matthew Gregory Lewis
  • William Wordsworth
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Lord Byron
  • John Keats
  • Victorian Literature
  • Charles Dickens
  • The Brontës
  • George Eliot
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Early 20th Century English Literature
  • The War Poets
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Modernism in England : The Bloomsbury Set
  • Virginia Woolf
  • E.M. Forster
  • The Inklings
  • Tolkien or Lewis Quiz
  • A Short Note about George MacDonald
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • C.S. Lewis
  • The Late Twentieth and Early Twenty First Century
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Mark Haddon
  • Ian McEwan
  • American Literature
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Mark Twain
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Harper Lee
  • William Faulkner
  • Arthur Miller
  • Other Noteworthy American Writers
  • Irish Literature
  • William Butler Yeats
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Samuel Beckett
  • James Joyce
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Other Noteworthy Irish Writers revised
  • Canadian Literature: L.M .Montgomery
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Other Noteworthy English Language Writers revised 2
  • Australian Literarure: Henry Savery
  • Jeannie Gunn
  • Conclusion

Taught by

Eve Williams


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