Free But Not CC: Online Education Resources

While we only include public domain and creative commons resources on our website, 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

McGill University

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 University

Columbia offers a free online digital exhibition, Shakespeare and the Book.

Harvard University

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.


The Open Culture website offers free online courses on Spenser and Milton and A Survey of Shakespeare’s Plays.

Stanford University

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 Edu

YouTube has a wonderful documentary on Charles Dickens featuring eminent academics.

University of Virginia

In keeping with our Victorian Gothic theme, check out University of Virginia’s lecture on the origins and legacies of Frankenstein and Dracula here.

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


About Kate O'Connor

Kate O'Connor works as Publicity & Outreach Director for Post5 Theatre, Literary Assistant and Office Manager for the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, and Dramaturgy Intern for the Profile Theatre. She earned her M.St. in English Literature 1550-1700 at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and a BA in English from Stanford University. As an undergraduate she worked as the research assistant to Prof. David Riggs and as Literary Intern for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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One Response to Free But Not CC: Online Education Resources

  1. Ann says:

    I am a Chinese student in English major, and have benefited a lot from your blog.
    I love the lectures here, especially the ones about Shakespeare, in which the beauty of his language can be clearly unveiled, and strikes me so profoundly.

    Thank you for your sharing!

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