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Category Archives: Microlectures
A personal memoir of a modern British poet, Ken Smith (1938-2013)
Extract from classic WW2 literature – Dogfight over England
“Drummer Hodge” – a short podcast.
The Hound of the Baskervilles: a microlecture
A few thoughts about Conan Doyle’s Gothic masterpiece.
Four Victorian Thinkers In Three Minutes, Microlecture
The latest upload to my English Readings channel on YouTube:
Reading list for my Edwardian Lit students, 2nd semester
READING LIST FOR MICHAEL’S GROUPS, ENL1013M, 2018
These are the main texts we will be dealing with (not necessarily in this order) so please make sure you have obtained copies and read them in advance. A schedule of the seminars will be released shortly on Blackboard.
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Conan Doyle
King Solomon’s Mines, Rider Haggard
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The War of the Worlds, H G Wells
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome
The Diary of a Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
Peter Pan, J M Barrie
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen (in the Dover Thrift edition)
Poems: “Convergence of the Twain” by Thomas Hardy; “Cargoes” by John Masefield
The following short podcasts are available on YouTube: “Dracula As The Jew”; “Peter Pan And The Mother Lode”; Three Men In A Boat: A Microlecture”; “An Air That Kills: Housman’s Blue Remembered Hills”; “Dowson’s Cynara: A Microlecture”. These are at English Readings: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYJz11iRqn9CJMh4Zr7DLlA
“Analogy” – a poem by Brian Higgins, read by Michael Blackburn
Brian Higgins (1930 – 1965) is now forgotten as a poet but published three collections of poetry during his lifetime. This poem, “Analogy” comes from his second, Notes While Travelling (Longmans, London, 1964).
His first collection, The Only Need, was published by Abeland-Schuman (New York – London – Toronto) in 1960, and the final one (posthumously), The Northern Fiddler, by Methuen (London) in 1966. His death was ascribed to a ”rare heart condition”.
More on Higgins available on Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Higgins_(poet)
The portrait of Higgins is by Patrick Swift and is used courtesy of Wikipedia.
Second podcast on Tennyson’s “Ulysses”: its Dantean origin.
This is the second of my podcasts on Tennyson’s poem, “Ulysses”, this time looking at its origins in Dante.
Prep for Intro to Victorian Poetry lecture (Week 2). ENL1012M
INTRODUCTION TO VICTORIAN POETRY (ENL1012M)
Week 2, Wednesday, 4 October, 10.00 – 11.00, DCB1101:
The following are the poems to which I refer in my lecture on Introduction to Victorian Poetry. All except “The Leper” by Swinburne* are contained within The Norton Anthology The Victorian Age (Volume E). They are also easily available in secondhand collections and anthologies, and online. Please take a look at them beforehand.
“Stanzas from the Grand Chartreuse”, Matthew Arnold
“Dover Beach”, Matthew Arnold
“Sonnet 17”, from Later Life, Christina Rossetti**
“No Coward Soul Is Mine”, Emily Bronte
“My Last Duchess”, Robert Browning
“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, Robert Browning
“The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”, Edward FitzGerald**
“Jabberwocky”, Lewis Carroll
“The Jumblies”, Edward Lear
“Jenny”, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
“The Leper”, Algernon Charles Swinburne
* A copy can be found online – http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Leper