While we only include public domain and creative commons resources on our website writersinspire.org, in our trawling for internet treasures, we came across a lot of resources that can be accessed free online, but cannot be reused under any free license. So while you can’t chop these up and use them for your own purposes, they could still be valuable education tools. Here are few of the copyrighted video and audio lectures on our great writers:
UC Berkeley ItunesU
On ItunesU, the University of California at Berkeley has published some audio lectures from a series of UC Berkeley courses given by the hilarious and engaging Professor Charles F. Altieri. Download Itunes free of charge, click on ‘ItunesU’ in the store, and search Altieri.
English 45B: Altieri offers a survey of the western canon, including:
Lectures 6 & 7: Jonathan Swift
Lecture 10: William Blake
Lecture 11: Romanticism
Lecture 15 & 16: Jane Austen’s Emma
English 180E: Charles F. Altieri and Maura Bridget Nolan offer a course on James Joyce’s Ulysses and the epics that inspired it:
Lectures 18-21: John Milton’s Paradise Lost
Lectures 22-27: James Joyce’s Ulysses
English 117S: Altieri’s course on Shakespeare, covering Richard II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, All’s Well that Ends Well, The Winters Tale, and The Tempest
Professor Paul Yachnin analyses Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in his podcast The Trial of Shylock.
University of Cambridge
Dr. Raphael Lyne offers his free online audio course, Shakespearean Comedy.
Columbia offers a free online digital exhibition, Shakespeare and the Book.
Professor Marjorie Garber offers an online video/audio course on Shakespeare’s later plays, from Measure for Measure to The Tempest, entitled Shakespeare After All.
Diana E. Henderson gives a guest lecture at MIT, “Collaborations with the Past: Reshaping Shakespeare“, about adaptations of Shakespeare over time.
University of Chicago
David Bevington talks about Ben Jonson and his project compiling an edition of the Collected Works of Ben Jonson here.
Stanford University’s Book Salon has a fun interview with Claire Jarvis about Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.
University of Warwick
In honour of Charlres Dickens’ 200th anniversary, the University of Warwick offers a whole series of videos and podcasts in their Celebrating Dickens series.
YouTube has a wonderful documentary on Charles Dickens featuring eminent academics.
University of Virginia
University of Virginia’s Professor Stephen Cushman discusses Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass here.
America’s public broadcasting television channel offers a guide to teaching Jane Austen to secondary school students here.
Found other great online courses and lectures? Let us know in the comments section! And as ever, for Creative Commons online resources about great writers, check out our website at writersinspire.org.