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Unbinding Prometheus


Unbinding Prometheus: Percy Shelley Massive open online course (MOOC)

TUPP's Shelley MOOC on OpenLearning creates a dynamic community of learners, all engaged in thinking collaboratively about the life and work of Percy Bysshe Shelley. As a global classroom without walls, the MOOC provides a unique opportunity for people from all walks of life, from different cultures, and of all levels of expertise, from amateurs to students to professional scholars, to read and learn together. In creating such a community, we are not only exploring Shelley’s work in ways that would otherwise be impossible; we are also honoring the spirit of that work, which is devoted to imagining and broadening the possibilities of human freedom, collectivity, and democracy.

Our original MOOC ran during 2015. Our new, improved version is set to begin on or around January 1, 2021 and run through April 30, 2021.  It will feature important new contributions from more than two dozen Romanticism scholars from around the world, and a new, unabridged, professionally produced audio recording of Prometheus Unbound.

During the new iteration of our MOOC, we will also be adding new extended close readings of about a dozen other major works by Shelley, including Mont Blanc, Ode To The West Wind, England in 1819, Ozymandias, Epipsychidion, The Mask of Anarchy, A Defence of Poetry, To A Skylark, Men of England, Hymn to Intellectual Beauty, The Necessity of Atheism  and several others. MOOC participants will be able to use an early version of the PCDI digital platform to interact with each work we study in a wide variety of of new ways. Please check this website in November 2020 for details on how to register for the next Percy Shelley: Unbinding Prometheus MOOC, at which point a link to MOOC registration will be available on this page.