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During the 10 weeks of the course, you will be guided through poems, video discussions of each poem, and community discussions of each poem. And (unique among open online courses) we offer weekly, interactive live webcasts.
Take a journey through the literature of English country houses from the time of Thomas More to Oscar Wilde.
Improve your English language skills by looking at the life and works of William Shakespeare and his enduring popularity.
Learn about Shakespeare’s plays and their influence through a focus on emotions such as love, hate, and jealousy.
This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves unders…
Why just write poems when you can write better ones? This course is built on the notion that the most exciting writing begins after the first draft.
Embark on a global journey to explore the past, present, and future of World Literature.
Explore the haunting figure at the heart of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays.
Explore acts of storytelling in Shakespeare's Othello alongside world-class artists who interpret Othello's story in new forms and contexts today.
Explore the poetry of the Civil War and its aftermath.
Reading works by Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens, among others, learn how American Modernist poetry departed from past traditions and past forms.
Examine how cultures of the ancient world defined themselves through literature and how their vision of literature contributes to our understanding of civilization, culture, and literature today.
An exploration of the magnetic and ambivalent character of Shylock in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Learn how to read William Shakespeare's plays through his biography, Elizabethan and Jacobean history, and modern performance.
A module focused on Whitman in a course that surveys 300+ years of poetry in America, from the Puritans to the avant-garde poets of this new century.
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