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English Department – Open Lectures

The best way to find out about university life is to experience it for yourself!

Previously our English department have welcomed GCSE and A Level (or equivalent) students onto campus to attend certain undergraduate lectures, followed by a campus tour – and we look forward to being able to do so again.

In the meantime, we’d love you to explore: our podcasts libraries, including those written specifically to support the GCSE and A Level texts; our free online courses; our videos, including overviews of our first year undergraduate modules; and other resources – all links below!

We can also deliver many of our talks, activities and workshops for schools, colleges and community groups online! Either send your request via our Ask the Expert platform or contact our School-University Partnership Officer directly on: or 023 8059 7521

We can’t wait to hear from you!

English Department Podcasts

Podcasts for GCSE and A Level (download links)

Podcasts for GCSE and A Level (youtube)

Ancient Mariner Podcasts (in collaboration with John Hansard Gallery)

Podcasts from our LifeLong Learning modules, including ‘Monsters!’ and ‘Shakespeare’.

Free Online Courses from our English Department

Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity

Understanding Money: The History of Finance, Speculation, and the Stock Market (in collaboration with other University of Southampton departments).

English Department Videos

Meet current English students at the University of Southampton, get a taster of our first year modules, and even join published writers in conversation

Other Resources

Peripeteia, a collection of discussion forums and online seminars for students studying English A Level or Degree.

More FREE online teaching and learning resources, created or chosen by the University of Southampton, for all subjects and ages.

Open Lectures Previously Attended by GCSE and A Level Students

What is an interpretation?

Our brains are always interpreting the world around us, but what are we doing when we interpret literature? What kinds of methods do we use to interpret, and how does it transform the way we imagine and re-imagine our own lives? Join Devorah Baum to find out.

How have postcolonial writers reimagined the epic?

The story of the Odyssey has been a treasure trove for writers throughout the centuries, from mock-epic poets to modernist innovators. Join Stephen Morton to discover how the poet Derek Walcott reimagined The Odyssey from a postcolonial perspective in the poem Omeros.

How do you adapt a novel?

From page to stage, from Shakespeare to Austen, the cinema has often looked to the novel for its starting-point. But what does it mean to adapt a novel, and how important is it to be faithful to the original? Explore these questions with Shelley Cobb.

How does literature make us feel?

Literary critics often encourage us to analyse writing rather than our emotional responses to it. But what kind of language can we use to talk about the feelings literature prompts in us, and what kinds of things does it make us feel? Join Devorah Baum to explore these questions.

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