English Literature Online Private Courses
A study of English Literature brings awareness and understanding of the progressive anthropological changes have shaped Britain from Anglo-Saxon times to the present.
If you are interested in historical cultures and values, you might wish to engage in close readings and critiques of great literature written in or translated into English.
Elcox climate-friendly online distance learning courses in English Literature include guided home-study, one-to-one teaching, prescribed reading and video lectures, and are modelled on the private tuition of undergraduates at the University of Oxford.
Students and alumni regard online private tuition as the strongest element of our courses because it motivates, inspires, and provides a lasting understanding of how English is used.
Guided home-study entails in-depth reading and listening, critical analysis, written presentation, and online attendance at one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor.
Tell us where your interests lie and enjoy customised online home-study that will enhance your appreciation and understanding of selected authors, poets, and dramatists.
The medieval writers of the Middle Ages are represented by Geoffrey Chaucer and Thomas Malory, together with many other lesser-known individuals.
The Renaissance period brought us the playwrights Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare, the authors Francis Bacon and Thomas More, and the poets John Donne, George Herbert, John Milton, Edmund Spencer, and Philip Sydney, among others.
The Enlightenment was a period that gave us William Congreve, David Hume, Samuel Johnson, John Locke, Isaac Newton, Thomas Paine, Alexander Pope, and Jonathan Swift.
The Romantic Movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, saw a wide corpus of literary figures that included Jane Austen, William Blake, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sir Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Wollstonecraft, and William Wordsworth.
The Victorian era was a rich literary period during which many writers flourished to include Matthew Arnold, Elizabeth Barrett, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Tennyson, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, H. G. Wells, and Oscar Wilde.
Since then, the so-called Modernist and Postmodernist Periods include writers, poets, and playwrights such as Rupert Brooke, Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, Robert Graves, Henry James, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, John Le Carré, C. S. Lewis, Iris Murdoch, George Orwell, Harold Pinter, George Bernard Shaw, J. R. R. Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, Arnold Wesker, Virginia Woolf, and William Butler Yeats.
Delving into the literary output of such writers allows us to acquire an understanding of how societies evolved despite the predictability of human behaviour throughout time. These historical pictures of the world provide powerful insights into how and why life is as it is, and help us to develop the tolerance, empathy, and pragmatic wisdom necessary to progress in this age of uncertainty, liberalism, nationalism, climate-change, and choice.