Discovering Literature brings to life the social, political and cultural context in which key works of literature were written. Enjoy digitised treasures from our collection, newly commissioned articles, short documentary films and teachers’ notes.

Shakespeare and Renaissance writers

Explore the works of Shakespeare and Renaissance writers in relation to the social, political and cultural context in which they were written and received.

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Romantics and Victorians

Discover some of our greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods, and explore the worlds in which key literary works were written.

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20th century

Explore the ways in which key 20th-century authors experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them.

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