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Great Writers Inspire

  • Updated 23 Jun 2014 | 1 episode

    The annual Oxford University Alumni Weekend aims to showcase the Collegiate University as a whole, giving prominence to a range of current research and its application to real world situations, as well as recognising the achievements of Oxford...

  • Updated 20 Nov 2012 | 22 episodes

    Each lecture in this series focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches to try to understand a central critical question about it. Rather than providing overarching readings or interpretations, the series...

  • Updated 12 Jan 2010 | 5 episodes

    The issues surrounding the state censorship of literature in Apartheid era South Africa are discussed in this series between Peter McDonald and other academics at Oxford University. In this series Peter discusses the legal, political and literary...

  • Updated 07 Nov 2013 | 10 episodes

    This unique mini-series aims to challenge the literary canon by posing the thorny question 'why should we study...?' to experts at the University of Oxford. Beginning with the overarching question 'why should we study the...

  • Updated 15 May 2012 | 1 episode

    Crime Fiction is a continuingly popular genre that has never been more highly esteemed than now. This day school offers two overviews - of detective fiction in general and of Oxford crime fiction in particular - as well as offering the...

  • Updated 08 Aug 2013 | 3 episodes

    The Cutlural Connections course was a 5-day workshop as part of the Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School 2013 (http://digital.humanities.ox.ac.uk/dhoxss/). Cultural Connections offered...

  • Updated 19 Mar 2012 | 7 episodes

    Lecture Series looking at D.H. Lawrence, author of Women in Love, Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley's Lover. These lectures focus on specific aspects of Lawrence's writing; from his use of humour to his views on Christianity.

  • Updated 19 Dec 2012 | 2 episodes

    The Department welcomed members of the public by the hundreds to this year's Open Day, 14 November. Guests attended 33 events - short lectures, workshops, informational sessions and walking tours - all free of charge. Here is a small...

  • Updated 07 Oct 2013 | 1 episode

    The Department welcomed members of the public by the hundreds to this year's Open Day, 26 September. Guests attended 40 events - short lectures, workshops, informational sessions and walking tours - all free of charge. Here is a selection of...

  • Updated 06 Nov 2013 | 1 episode

    The Faculty of English Language and Literature is by far the largest English Department in the UK, with over 75 permanent postholders, a further 70 Faculty members, 900 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates. The Faculty has a very distinguished...

  • Updated 17 Jun 2013 | 3 episodes

    A selection of recordings from the English Graduate Conference, University of Oxford, 1 June 2012. The conference theme was Return to the Political: Literary Aesthetics and the Influence of Political Thought and featured student presentations and...

  • Updated 10 Apr 2013 | 1 episode

    English tutorials at Mansfield college with tutors and their students.

  • Updated 27 Feb 2013 | 4 episodes

    Podcasts created by the First World War Poetry Digital Archive Project at Oxford University. This project is digitising the manuscripts of the major British poets of WW1 and making them freely available online, along with a set of teaching...

  • Updated 05 Dec 2011 | 3 episodes

    This mini-series is intended to introduce George Eliot to undergraduates. The first lecture ranges widely across her works, including her atypical novella 'The Lifted Veil'. It notes the power and range of Eliot's intellect, and...

  • Updated 19 Sep 2012 | 30 episodes

    From Dickens to Shakespeare, from Chaucer to Kipling and from Austen to Blake, this significant collection contains inspirational short talks freely available to the public and the education community worldwide. This series is aimed primarily at...

  • Updated 16 Sep 2013 | 10 episodes

    Ten short podcasts on quirky aspects of eighteenth-century life.
    This series of short podcasts offers an alternative history of the eighteenth century. Ten poems were chosen that illustrate the everyday and the extraordinary, the comic and...

  • Updated 10 Jul 2014 | 3 episodes

    Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by Lord Weidenfeld,...

  • Updated 26 Mar 2013 | 8 episodes

    A series of interviews with academic experts on a number of great writers. Part of the Great Writers Inspire project.

  • Updated 08 Feb 2011 | 1 episode

    A series of interviews with world-leading academics conducting research at the University of Oxford. The University has a global reputation for the range and intensity of its research, from the study of the formation of the universe and the...

  • Updated 21 May 2012 | 4 episodes

    Lecture series looking at key concepts in studying Literature; including lectures on the concept of unreliable narrators to theory of comparative literature. This series was filmed in the English Faculty in Trinity Term 2012

  • Updated 10 Jul 2013 | 4 episodes

    Podcasts exploring the relationship between literary works and the artwork and Oxford. From J.R.R Tolkien to Philip Pullman, authors have been inspired by Oxford; the architecture, history and culture of the city. This podcast series includes...

  • Updated 08 Feb 2008 | 7 episodes

    Podcasts of Medieval English lectures, and supporting material, presented at the English Faculty, University of Oxford.

  • Updated 04 Apr 2014 | 1 episode

    Podcasts from the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, delivered in a variety of languages.

  • Updated 30 Oct 2012 | 4 episodes

    Oxford’s English Faculty will offer students the opportunity to undertake a Master’s in English Language for the first time from October 2012. Learn more about this brand new course and gain an insight into the area from some of Oxford’s experts...

  • Updated 24 Nov 2009 | 10 episodes

    This series of six lectures introduces six plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Once popular and now little-known, they can tell us a lot about what their first audiences enjoyed, aspired to and worried about - from immigrants in...

  • Updated 12 Nov 2013 | 3 episodes

    New lecture series on Oscar Wilde, his life, his works and his philosophy delivered by Dr Sos Eltis, lecturer in English

  • Updated 28 Feb 2012 | 1 episode

    Short interesting lectures from top Oxford academics. Includes a series of short lectures about love, held on Valentines Day 2011.

  • Updated 24 Jul 2013 | 3 episodes

    International conference organised by Ertegun Scholar Manuel Muhlbacher and his college advisor Nicholas Cronk. Imprisoned during his lifetime and sanctified in the twentieth century, the Marquis de Sade has attracted considerable critical...

  • Updated 13 Feb 2012 | 1 episode

    Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 to 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and...

  • Updated 02 Dec 2010 | 4 episodes

    Few families enjoy such a remarkable reputation for their contribution to the literature and intellectual life of Britain as the Godwins and the Shelleys. The Bodleian online exhibition 'Shelley's Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a...

  • Updated 07 Jun 2013 | 12 episodes

    Staging Shakespeare is series of video commentaries on performing and directing Shakespeare including extracts of two plays- 'The Tempest' and 'Two Gentlemen of Verona'. An English teacher also explains how she uses IT...

  • Updated 05 Jun 2014 | 20 episodes

    The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. They include the principal University library-the Bodleian Library-which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; major...

  • Updated 28 May 2014 | 1 episode

    The Isaiah Berlin Lecture (Annual lecture in the History of Ideas) is held at Wolfson College, Oxford.

  • Updated 25 Jul 2011 | 4 episodes

    Manifold greatness: Oxford Celebrations of the King James Bible 1611-2011. Lecture series held in Corpus Christi College to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the first publication of the King James Bible.

  • Updated 01 Mar 2010 | 4 episodes

    Tragedy has been around for over 2500 years, from its earliest manifestations in the huge open-air gathering-places of Athens and other Greek city-states, to the theatres of Renaissance England, Spain and France, right through to the twentieth...

  • Updated 27 Jul 2010 | 4 episodes

    In four short dialogues, Oliver Taplin, Emeritus Professor in the Oxford University Classics Department and Lorna Hardwick, Professor of Classical Studies and Director of the Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth Century Drama and Poetry in...

  • Updated 28 May 2014 | 6 episodes

    Wolfson is the largest graduate college in Oxford. Our diverse student body has a wide spread of disciplines and nationalities. The College is both traditional and unconventional, forward thinking and friendly.