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