Each lecture examines a certain aspect of English landscape or English history through a poem, novel, play or diary. Discover how industrial cities, cathedral cities and villages have been portrayed, see London through the eyes of diarist Samuel Pepys, learn about Shakespeare’s portrayal of a faulty English king, and see how Arthurian England was re-invented and romanticised. The English on the move, the English at war, and the English at work and at play – these will be all be discussed.
Arthurian England: Tennyson and 'The Lady of Shallot'
Royal England: Shakespeare and King Richard II
England's capital: Samuel Pepys and his diary
Aristocratic England: Alexander Pope and 'The rape of the lock'
The rolling English road: Henry Fielding and 'The history of Tom Jones'
Village England: James Austen and 'Emma'
The English cathedral city: Anthony Trollope and 'Barchester Towers'
Industrial England: Elizabeth Gaskell and 'North and south'
England at war: Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas and their war poems