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 ‘MOOCs ’ (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.
We’ll be tracing 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, we’ll be exploring lesser known forms and less familiar authors. You’ll encounter manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and magazines, as well as private poetry and published letters.
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.
The course begins 27 June 2016. You can watch the trailer, find out more and sign up for free here.
On this companion blog we’ll be bringing you all of the latest news, interviews, updates and behind-the-scenes exclusives, as well as providing a space for further exploration of the research that inspired the steps on the course. We’ll be spotlighting a broader range of varied and fascinated work being carried out across the School of English by our staff, students and external partners.
Use the hashtag #FLHouseLit to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.
Blog posts in the ‘Literature of the English Country House’ series:
- Meet our new mentor: Samrhagni Bonnerjee
- Co-lead Educator Jim Fitzmaurice Previews the New Course
- Ben Jonson, Thomas More and the 16th-century Country House
- Exploring the Archive at Chatsworth House
- Gloves and the Archive
- Servants, Residents and Travelling Players in the 17th century
- Using the OED in Close Reading
- Reading the 17th century
- Textual Variance and the Judgement of Editors
- A Manuscript Authorisation for a Servant from a Country House Owner
- Country Houses and Coffee Houses in the 18th century
- Nostell Priory and the 18th-century Private Library
- The Many Meanings of ‘Polite’ in the 18th century
- Jane Austen, Pemberley and the Novel
- Finding the Home of Mr Darcy
- Austen, Radcliffe, Dickens and the Gothic
- Double, Foils and the Houses of Others in ‘Great Expectations’
- Richardson, Austen and Stylistic Influence
- Servant Narratives in Gothic Literature
- Abolition, the Slave Trade and Country Houses in Sheffield
- Exit Through the Gift Shop with Oscar Wilde
- Your Recommended Further Reading
- Final Reflections and Thank You To Our Learners
- How Academics and Learners Engaged with Social Media on our MOOC