Literature courses

Total courses: 21
How to Read French Poetry
4.93

Explore top tips for reading poetry in French to improve reading comprehensionThere is a long and rich tradition of poetry in the French language. From verse playwrights like Racine and Molière, to symbolists like Charles...

Introduction to Korean Philosophy
4.59

Discover the key philosophical ideas in the intellectual history of KoreaDespite the growing interest in Korean culture, there are few courses which explore the fascinating topic of Korean philosophy. On this course, you’ll be introduced...

Pictures of Youth: An Introduction to Children’s Visual Culture
4.41

Explore contemporary visual children's culture with leading experts in the fieldIn a world where young people are surrounded by an ever increasing range of media, visual analysis of children’s culture is becoming increasingly important. The...

Shakespeare: Context and Stagecraft
4.78

Study fascinating theatrical and social contexts that shaped Shakespeare’s playsOn this course, you’ll explore the language, themes, and contexts of three of Shakespeare’s most widely studied and frequently performed plays. You’ll consider the diffe...

Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas: An Introduction
5

Explore the humane realism of Samuel Johnson in a deep dive into his only novelLearn from Theodore Dalrymple Theodore Dalrymple, the pseudonym of Anthony Daniels, is an English cultural critic of great distinction. He has...

Japanese Culture Through Rare Books
4.89

Discover the rich history of Japanese literature A book is a tool for preserving words and images. Through books, an abundance of information, including the knowledge and experiences of the people of the past, has...

An Introduction to Screenwriting
4.76

Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk. This free...

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy
4.76

Celebrate Robert Burns with this free online course. This free course from the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, University of Glasgow, will introduce you to the life, works and global celebrity of Robert Burns. You’ll...

The Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books
4.83

Deepen your understanding of rare books and Japanese culture[What’s new]The Educators/Hosts will facilitate this course. Our next facilitation period is 11 Jan - 21 Jan, 2022. We look forward to your active participation! The papers...

The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece
4.85

Explore the history of Ireland using the remarkable Book of KellsThe Book of Kells manuscript, housed at Trinity College Dublin is world famous - it attracts almost one million visitors a year. But what can...

Poetry: How to Read a Poem
4.55

Dive into the wonderful world of poetry and learn how to analyse a poemHumans have communicated their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through poetry throughout history. At its best, it tells us new truths about the...

Sino-Japanese Interactions  Through Rare Books
4.63

[What’s new]The Educators/Hosts will facilitate this course for about three times a year. Our next facilitation period is 24 Jan - 18 Feb, 2022. We look forward to your active participation! Books have played a...

Shakespeare's Language: Revealing Meanings and Exploring Myths
4.46

Debunk and discover common myths surrounding the language of William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare is a global phenomenon, yet there is actually relatively little work specifically devoted to his language, and even less deploying the latest techniqu...

Shakespeare: Print and Performance
4.79

Why do we continue to read and perform Shakespeare’s works around the world today? How were his plays performed and printed 400 years ago, and how has our conception of Shakespeare changed over the centuries?...

Exploring English: Shakespeare
4.75

Explore the English language through Shakespeare’s playsThis course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he...

Start Writing Fiction
4.69

Discover the rituals and approaches that successful fiction writers useOn this online course, established writers – including Louis de Bernières, Patricia Duncker, Alex Garland, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tim Pears, Michèle Roberts and Monique Roffey – will...

Literature in the Digital Age: from Close Reading to Distant Reading
4.87

As we make sense of what we read, we construe meaning using the cultural technique of interpretation. Only rarely do we actually reflect this process: what are the means that help us understand literary texts?...

Literature of the English Country House
4.73

Trace the history and context of country house literatureFor over 450 years, country houses have attracted the attention of celebrated writers like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. On this course we’ll trace this history with...

How to Read a Novel
4.6

Get more from your readingWhat makes a great novel? How is a novel woven together? How can we best appreciate works of fiction? Answer these questions and more with this course from The University of...

The Power of Picturebooks
4.82

Discover how picturebooks reflect societal valuesPicturebooks are powerful pedagogical resources in educational and home settings. On this four-week course from The University of Waikato, you’ll be introduced to the history and characteristics of t...