We teach a number of modules in the School of English at the University of Sheffield, in addition to other external courses delivered by staff.

‘The Literature of the English Country House’, FutureLearn MOOC

The Literature of the English Country House is a free online course written and delivered by the School of English at the University of Sheffield.

The course is one in a wide range of MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) produced and run each year by the University. Open to all, the course uses videos, discussion and a range of interactive activities to offer a six-week investigation of the role and representation of the English country house in literature.

The course traces the history of country house literature, from the sixteenth and seventeenth-century poetry and drama of Thomas More and Margaret Cavendish, through the polite satire and sociability of the eighteenth-century, the Gothic terror and intrigue of Ann Radcliffe and Charles Dickens, all the way through to the dawn of the twentieth century and the wit of Oscar Wilde. As well as reading extracts from the novels, poetry and drama of these well-known authors, the course also interrogates lesser known forms and less familiar authors.

Written and presented by staff and postgraduate students in the School of English, the course also provides an unparalleled insight into some of the research and teaching that takes place in our department, making it an ideal taster from prospective students.

You can sign up for this course any time on FutureLearn.