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Southampton English Podcasts

Our Department is passionate about supporting the teaching of English literature, in schools and colleges as well at university. That's why we have recorded a series of podcasts where staff and students at the University of Southampton discuss texts, approaches, and study tips to support your learning at A-Level and GCSE. 

You can download each episode by clicking on the buttons below. If you have any problems accessing any material, or if there is any text or topic you would like our academics and students to discuss to support your studies please let us know by emailing: We would especially like to hear from teachers who are looking for A-Level and GCSE resources - so please get in touch!

Wuthering Heights

6. Wuthering Heights

In this podcast, Dr. Justine Pizzo discusses Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (38 mins).

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Wife of Bath

5. The Wife of Bath

In this podcast we discuss The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale from Chaucer's Cantebury Tales (26 mins).

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Girls Like That Podcast

4: Girls Like That

In this podcast, we discuss the GCSE set text Girls Like That with its author Evan Placey, who teaches Creative Writing at Southampton (27 mins).

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Tess Podcast

3: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

In this podcast, Dr Matt Kerr and Johanna Henke analyses the themes of Hardy's novel (47 mins)

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Unseen Passage Podcast

2: Unseen Passages

In this podcast, we discuss approaching an unseen passage from Hardy's Jude the Obscure (38 mins).

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The Handmaid's Tale Podcast

1: The Handmaid's Tale

In this podcast, we discuss studying Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale at A-Level (30 mins).

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