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.

20th century

Explore key works of 20th-century literature

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Romantics and Victorians

Explore literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods

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Shakespeare and Renaissance writers

Explore Shakespeare and Renaissance writers in context

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Medieval

Explore literary treasures from the medieval period

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