Delve deeper with Laura...

Expand your mind and satisfy your curiosity with books, articles, podcasts and videos recommended by current Oxford undergraduate students.


 Portrait of Laura Wilsmore“Studying language and literature has always been something that I have found challenging over the years. Books, plays and poems can have endless possibilities of interpretations through a web of words! However, this is what I have come to realise that I love most about my subject. Reading authors from across the world, discovering writers outside the literary canon and learning different methods of reading keeps me on my toes. I am always engaged and always learning something new.”
-Laura Wilsmore, English Language and Literature

If you want to find out more about whether you should you ever fall for a chat-up line, Laura recommends:

The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare

Many men try to woo the beautiful Bianca, but can only do so after Petruchio makes ‘Kate the Curst’ his wife. There are plenty of quick-witted and questionable chat-up lines to be found! Watch some various modern-day adaptations of the play if you want to explore further.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Follows the story of one beautiful man’s journey through seduction, corruption and eventual downfall.

All About Love: New Visions, Bell Hooks

Included on Emma Watson’s ‘Our Shared Shelf’, this book explores ideas of self-love, acceptance and power in relationships.

Astrophel and Stella, Sir Phillip Sidney

The 16th century equivalent of a collection of chat-up lines that failed to help Phillip to win Lady Penelope’s love – you could look at other sonnets throughout the years to see how chat-up lines have evolved through time!

Enjoyed this Big Question? University study offers the opportunity to ask all your big questions, and develop the skills to find the answers. The university subjects covered in this question include…

Modern Languages

Studying languages at Oxford provides practical training in written and spoken language as well as an extensive introduction into literature. Find out more on their course page.

Experimental Psychology

Develop an understanding of how humans think and behave, including how we see colours to how children develop language. Find out more on their course page.


Study the literature, history, philosophy, languages and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, as well as their impact on modern times. Find out more on their course page.

Philosophy and Theology

Consider important questions about how we gain knowledge and form moral judgements alongside the study of religion and religious traditions, practices, and beliefs. Find out more on their course page.