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List of Free Online English Literature Courses and Schools

See our list of the top free online English literature courses. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that's right for you.

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Online English Literature Courses for Credit

Students who don't want to register or pay tuition can find plenty of free English literature courses available online; however, these courses likely won't provide a path to college credit. Students interested in earning credit have the option of taking online courses that charge a fee in exchange for access to online lessons. Fee-based courses help students earn alternative forms of college credit. Study.com offers this style of distance learning via short, engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes that can help students earn college credit.

Students interested in English literature can explore the English 101: English Literature course, which includes lessons on these topics and more:

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Free Online Non-Credited English Literature Courses

The free online English literature courses listed below contain much of the content of actual college classes; however, these resources are self-directed, and none offer credit. While the courses themselves are free, students may be encouraged to purchase textbooks or supplemental reading materials.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Free online materials for these courses include syllabi and reading assignments, along with writing prompts for essays. Students must obtain copies of the works they will read during these courses.

  • Major Authors: John Milton focuses on Paradise Lost as well as modern re-thinkings of Milton's vision.
  • Major English Novels examines works from the beginning of the genre in the 1700s through the mid-20th century.
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature: Versions of the Self in 18th-Century Britain includes course assignments on readings from authors like Mary Shelley, David Hume, Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope.

The Open University

  • Approaching Literature: Reading Great Expectations explores several methods of reading the Charles Dickens' novel by looking at his writing style, point of view, character development and depiction of Victorian society.
  • Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus allows students to analyze the English play to determine Marlowe's intended message.

St. John Fisher College

  • Survey of British Literature III includes poems, plays and novels from authors like Oscar Wilde, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf. Three textbooks may need to be purchased, but many readings are available for free through provided links. Students can assess their knowledge through a variety of study questions.

University of Michigan

  • Shakespeare's Principal Plays examines Shakespeare's take on familial relationships through studies of plays that include King Lear, The Tempest, Henry V and Hamlet. Students can download free podcasts of lectures from iTunes U and access the plays through links that are provided. No textbook or additional reading materials are required.

University of Oxford

  • D.H. Lawrence includes seven lessons look at Lawrence's use of humor and his ideas on Christianity.
  • George Eliot is designed to acquaint students with her work and her impact on literature.

Yale University

  • Milton studies the poetry of John Milton through 24 free videos of classroom lectures, along with PDF handouts that further explain the topics covered in the lessons. The midterm and final examinations are also available for downloading. Students must obtain a required anthology of Milton's poems and prose. A King James version of the Bible is also recommended as supplemental reading.
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