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Online courses in Literature afford students from all backgrounds the chance to learn about the global canon of written works from their home computers. Without sacrificing academic rigor, professors of online courses on Literature engage in one on one contact and feedback with students through the latest advancements in e-learning technology. For working professionals looking to gain additional qualifications to students with a full time busy schedule, online courses on Literature appeal to learners with varying requirements.

Online courses on Literature typically concentrate on one aspect of the academic discipline, such as creative writing for television, poetry, non-fiction or the study of language and culture. Lasting anywhere from a few days to a year, online courses in Literature sometimes result in the presentation of a certificate or diploma upon successful completion. Web-based classroom forums provide students an interactive opportunity to discuss assigned reading with classmates and their teacher in online literature courses.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can enroll in an online course in Literature, scroll down and click to read more. When you find a program that interests you, use the handy web form to contact the university for more information in just one minute!

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Oplex Careers

This Learning English GCSE Course will provide learners with a fantastic insight into learning key skills to prepare for studying their English Language and Literacy GCSE ... [+]

Apply Now for Summer 2017

This Learning English GCSE Course will provide learners with a fantastic insight into learning key skills to prepare for studying their English Language and Literacy GCSE’s. Covering aspects of poetry, fictional writing, non-fictional writing, transactional writing. Whether you are in a position where you need to your GCSE in English and not sure where to start, or are wanting to work in this field and need the confidence to study your course, or simply want to gain new skills, this course is perfect.

Course Highlights Price: Only £24.00 Was £299.99 Course Type: Online Course Duration: 90 hours, recommended hours Syllabus: 12-course modules Tutor Support: Full tutor support included Exams: Yes, exam fees are included. Start learning: you can start your online learning 24/7 and study towards your goals. Fine Print Qualification: Level 3 CPD Award Certificate: PDF Certificate included with course, optional Hard Copies £9.99. Access: Unlimited 24/7 access for 12 months, option to extend if needed. Compatibility: Desktop, Mac, Laptop, Tablets, Smartphone and Smart Devices ... [-]
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Open Enrollment
Part-time
Online
UK Open College

This full new specification A Level course can be completed from home at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Students can enrol anytime 365 days a year and once reg ... [+]

This full new specification A Level course can be completed from home at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Students can enrol anytime 365 days a year and once registered can be studying within days. No set term times and no enrolment dates.

This specification is designed to:

Develop candidates' understanding of English Literature. Draw on their experiences at GCSE as well as offering a secure foundation for the study of English beyond A-level Develop interest in and enjoyment of independent reading Develop personal responses as critics of both literary and non-literary texts Qualification: A Level English Literature Accredited: Yes QCF Recognised: Yes Awarding Body: Edexcel Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 years support U CAS Points: Dependant on Grades Syllabus ... [-]
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Open Enrollment
Part-time
700 hours
Online
UK Open College

This course covers the brand new spec introduced in September 2015. UK Open College is pleased to offer the opportunity to study A-level English Language and Literature a ... [+]

This course covers the brand new spec introduced in September 2015. UK Open College is pleased to offer the opportunity to study A-level English Language and Literature as specified by Edexcel. The A-level aims to encourage candidates:

To use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts; To engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationship between texts; To undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language Qualification: A Level English Literature & English (9ELO) Accredited: Yes QCF Recognised: Yes Awarding Body: Edexcel Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 years support UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades Syllabus ... [-]
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Open Enrollment
Part-time
700 hours
Online
UK Open College

The study of classical civilisation is understandably a wide-ranging and far-reaching one encompassing a variety of subjects; history, literature, linguistics, numismatic ... [+]

The study of classical civilisation is understandably a wide-ranging and far-reaching one encompassing a variety of subjects; history, literature, linguistics, numismatics, epigraphy, archaeology, art, architecture and philosophy. Classical civilisation is the term applied to the civilisations of Greece and Rome.

In terms of a time scale, Classical Greece is usually considered to be the 5th and 4th centuries, specifically the period between the end of the Persian Wars to the death of Alexander the Great: 479-323 BC. The Roman period is more difficult to pin down to specific dates. Most universities will start with the beginnings of Roman expansion into Italy in the early 5th century and run to Alaric’s sack of Rome in 410 AD. This course is designed to allow you to study at your own pace and is designed to develop an interest and understanding of Classical Civilisation.... [-]

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Open Enrollment
Part-time
700 hours
Online
Of Course Learning

Discover the World’s Fastest Reader’s secrets for doubling your reading speed whilst boosting comprehension. Get through your summer reading list in next to n ... [+]

Discover the World’s Fastest Reader’s secrets for doubling your reading speed whilst boosting comprehension. Get through your summer reading list in next to no time with this speed reading course! Howard Berg’s claim to fame began with the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records, in which he was first recognized as the world’s fastest reader with an incredible speed of 25,000 words in a single minute. In this course, he reveals his secrets and will help you to double your reading speed. Having appeared on over 1,100 radio and television shows, you will be learning from the best in the business. If you’ve ever wanted to be able to consume information as quickly and efficiently as Mike Ross in Suits, then we look forward to seeing you on the inside!... [-]

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FutureLearn

Find out how poems, plays, and novels can help us understand and cope with a deep emotional strain in this free online course. ... [+]

The great 18th-century writer Dr. Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said: “the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.”

Taking Johnson’s phrase as a starting point, this course considers how poems, plays, and novels can help us understand and cope with times of deep emotional strain.

Along the way, you’ll hear from doctors, who offer a medical perspective, and from people who have turned to literature at moments of crisis, including such well-known figures as Melvyn Bragg, Mark Haddon, Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.

What topics will you cover?

Together, we’ll explore six themes:

Stress: In poetry, the word “stress” refers to the emphasis of certain syllables in a poem’s meter. How might the metrical “stresses” of poetry help us to cope with the mental and emotional stresses of modern life? Heartbreak: Is heartbreak a medical condition? What can Sidney’s sonnets and Austen’s Sense and Sensibility teach us about suffering and recovering from a broken heart? Bereavement: The psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross famously proposed that there are five stages of grief. How might Shakespeare’s Hamlet and poems by Wordsworth and Hardy help us to think differently about the process of grieving? Trauma: PTSD or “shellshock” has long been associated with the traumatic experiences of soldiers in World War 1. How is the condition depicted in war poetry of the era? Can poems and plays offer us an insight into other sources of trauma, including miscarriage... [-]
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January 2019
Part-time
6 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Get underneath the skin of a novel by understanding some of the main building blocks of modern fiction. ... [+]

Get more from your reading

What makes a great novel? How is a novel woven together? How can we best appreciate works of fiction?

Answer these questions and more with this course from The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

On the course, you’ll discover four of the main building blocks of modern fiction: plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting using examples from a range of texts including the four novels we shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize last year. You’ll also explore the formal strategies authors use, how they came to be, and how they affect us as readers.

What topics will you cover? The course examines specific techniques relating to plotting and temporality including flashbacks, unreliable narration and framed narratives. The course considers ways of understanding character, such as behavior and motives. It explores issues relating to the presentation of dialogue, including conversational mood and dialect voices. The course examines the impact of various different settings on the development of plot and character. It invites learners to test their understanding through weekly quizzes and a final peer assessment task. The course covers the four novels shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize 2017: C. E. Morgan’s The Sport of Kings, Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You, Eimear McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians, and Jo Baker’s A Country Road, A Tree. What will you achieve? ... [-]
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January 2019
Part-time
4 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

In this course, you will be able to identify Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez’s narrative contributions to world literature through the study o ... [+]

In this course, you will be able to identify Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez’s narrative contributions to world literature through the study of three of the author’s obsessions: power, history, and love. You will have the opportunity to enjoy reading the following works: The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother (1972), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), The General in his Labyrinth (1989) and Of Love and Other Demons (1994).

Reading these works chronologically will allow you to appreciate how the author’s literary production evolves.

You will explore the characteristics of “the dictator novel”, reaching a clear understanding of the particularities of the new historical novel. You will also reflect upon the relationship between history and fiction and understand the author’s literary influences.... [-]

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November 2019
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

This free online course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London, fro ... [+]

This free online course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature.

We will look at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world. They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work.

The plays are Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Macbeth.

Our video tutor will guide you through the course and look at some of the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language.

Short quizzes will check your understanding and you’ll be asked to share your ideas and opinions on the topics Shakespeare raises.... [-]

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Open Enrollment
Part-time
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FutureLearn

This free online course addresses these key questions as it introduces you to a variety of ways of interpreting literary texts. We will look into time-tested methods such ... [+]

As we make sense of what we read, we construe meaning using the ancient cultural technique of interpretation. Only rarely do we actually reflect this process: what are the means that help us understand literary texts? How does interpretation work? And how has our increasing use of e-books and tablets changed the way we read and interpret literature? This free online course addresses these key questions as it introduces you to a variety of ways of interpreting literary texts. We will look into time-tested methods such as close reading. We shall also address more recent, computer-assisted practices such as distant reading.

Do we read differently on e-books, tablets, and mobiles?

You will learn about the professional reading practices used by literary scholars. But we will also probe the benefits and limitations of the screen-based reading all of us perform every day as we move from hyperlink to hyperlink. Along the way, we will inquire into the materiality of texts, asking ourselves what difference it makes whether we encounter a poem, play or novel as an e-book, paperback, hardback or manuscript. While we will take a modern American poem as our tutor text, you will encounter a great variety of literary texts and forms. We will also visit the rich library holdings of the University of Basel, one of the world’s 50 oldest universities.... [-]

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April 2019
Part-time
6 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all time. 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of his death, his words have inspired and moved people from around th ... [+]

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all time. 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of his death, his words have inspired and moved people from around the globe for centuries.

How much do we know about Shakespeare’s cultural background and influences and why his works have endured? To get a real sense of how Bard’s world would have actually looked and felt, renowned Shakespearean academic Professor Jonathan Bate will be exploring the acclaimed collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Professor Bate is also the Lead Educator, with Dr. Paula Byrne, on the new Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing FutureLearn course from Warwick.

Each week, Professor Bate will examine a particular play and a cultural theme alongside a selection of treasures from the Trust’s archives in Stratford-upon-Avon. Weekly learning material will be broken down into six video segments, each examining a variety of artifacts and play extracts. The course will open with an introduction to Shakespeare and his living and working environment, moving onto broader cultural themes and issues examined in his plays and ending with an exploration of his legacy.... [-]

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Open Enrollment
Part-time
10 weeks
Online
Columbia College Chicago Online

Get an in-depth look into the life and work of one of our greatest imaginative writers, Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, was one of the 20th cent ... [+]

CREATIVE STORYTELLING FEATURING RAY BRADBURY Overview

Get an in-depth look into the life and work of one of our greatest imaginative writers, Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, was one of the 20th century’s most prolific, visionary and celebrated authors. Published in more than 40 languages, he indelibly altered the field of “fantasy” literature through the originality of his ideas and the artistry of his prose. This course explores creative writing perspectives and strategies with the life and work of Ray Bradbury serving as inspiration and foundation.

Learn about Ray Bradbury, directly from Sam Weller, literary master, and authorized biographer. Study Bradbury’s remarkable and prodigious creative process—on your own schedule. Deepen your creative writing skills through interactive assignments and writing projects geared to enhance your creativity. ... [-]
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June 2019
8 weeks
Online