My thanks today to The Sunday Times where I found a reference to this site where Oxford University has gathered together all of their available podcasts, many of which can be enjoyed both in audio and video format. I’ve occasionally found Oxford lectures via i-Tunes that I’ve enjoyed, but being able to search through a comprehensive selection is a real bonus. I download them onto my laptop and then run them through the television in HD and it’s just like being there with the added advantage of being able to go back and listen to something again if I want to.
One of their more recent selections is a series of three lectures on the subject of crime literature and as I read a considerable amount of detective fiction I thought I would start with these. The first is a session with Colin Dexter who is supposed to be talking about Morse. Unfortunately, he doesn’t really get round to doing this and although he tells one or two nice jokes against himself if you’re looking for something with substance to it then it’s the other two in the series that you want.
Next up I’m going to investigate the four lectures on Literature and Form and the eight on Tolkien at Oxford. I ought to move out of the literature field as well, I suppose and there is some interesting looking material from the Philosophy Department too.
Has anyone else used this resource and, if so, do you have any recommendations? It’s always good to know what other people have rated.