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Literature Cambridge


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Literature Cambridge


 

Literature Cambridge is an independent educational organisation providing top quality courses on the best of English literature.

Summer Courses

Our summer courses focus on a particular author or theme. Taught by leading scholars in the field, they offer a rare chance to combine the study of literature with relevant walks, visits, and excursions.

Our courses include lectures, supervisions, discussions and above all close reading, in the tradition of Cambridge English since the 1920s. We explore the historical context of the books, asking what they have to say about their own time, and how they speak to ours.

In 2016 we started with a week's intensive study of Virginia Woolf, focusing on Mrs Dalloway, A Room of One's Own, To the Lighthouse, some Woolf essays, and a preliminary study of The Waves. We plan to offer another week on Woolf in July 2017, looking at a different group of books. We hope to add further courses of 3 or 5 days in spring or summer 2017.

 

the literary kitchen

In partnership with the Cambridge Cookery School. The Literary Kitchen provides exciting classes on literature and cooking, with accessible lectures by top academics and hands-on cooking classes.

Starting in autumn 2016•   Hugh Stevens on E. M. Forster: For Love of Italy •  Paul Chirico on John Clare: Bread and Roses•  Susan Sellers on Proust and the Madeleine • Trudi Tate on Katherine Mansfield and the Cream Puff •  Dame Gillian Beer on Alice's Tea Party (February 2017)  •

More information on our Literary Kitchen page.

Bookings through the Cambridge Cookery School website, here.

 

Stapleford Study days

In partnership with Stapleford Granary. Immersive day courses on individual writers or topics at the beautifully renovated Stapleford Granary just outside Cambridge.

Saturday 17 September 2016. Reading To the Lighthouse: a day of lectures and dicussion with Woolf scholars Gillian Beer, Frances Spalding and Tudi Tate. Further details and booking on Stapleford Granary website, here.

Saturday 18 March 2017. Tragedy: Past and Present. Cambridge lecturers Jennifer Wallace, Adrian Poole, and Alison Hennegan introduce you to Greek tragedy, Shakespearean tragedy, and tragedy in the modern age. Lectures and discussion. Further details soon.

How to get to Stapleford Granary: information here.

 

 
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Immersive LEARNING


Our summer courses are structured around lectures and discussions, presented by leading scholars. Most days there is a Cambridge-style supervision, given to students in groups of three, and taught by lecturers and postgraduates from the University of Cambridge. 

Our short courses are taught by top academics, guiding students through an intensive day of lectures, seminars and discussions.

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Immersive LEARNING


Our summer courses are structured around lectures and discussions, presented by leading scholars. Most days there is a Cambridge-style supervision, given to students in groups of three, and taught by lecturers and postgraduates from the University of Cambridge. 

Our short courses are taught by top academics, guiding students through an intensive day of lectures, seminars and discussions.

 

STUDY 

Take time each day to read and think, and share the fruits of your reading in discussions and supervisions.

 

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STAY

Our courses are based in a Cambridge college. You live, study, and take most of your meals with the course participants. A rare opportunity to live and work with other keen students of your subject. Our 2016 course was held in the lovely Victorian setting of Homerton College.

EXPLORE

The course includes walks, talks, visits and excursions to places relevant to the course topic.

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THE CAMBRIDGE EXPERIENCE


There is nothing quite like studying in the beautiful city of Cambridge. Walking through the ancient colleges, you join generations of scholars who take the time to read seriously, and to think about that reading. The city is small, so you can get around by bus or bike or on foot. There are beautiful gardens in which to sit and think and do more reading. Throughout the summer there are superb concerts, art exhibitions, museums and films. Above all, you meet many amazing people who have come to Cambridge for sheer love of learning. 

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THE CAMBRIDGE EXPERIENCE


There is nothing quite like studying in the beautiful city of Cambridge. Walking through the ancient colleges, you join generations of scholars who take the time to read seriously, and to think about that reading. The city is small, so you can get around by bus or bike or on foot. There are beautiful gardens in which to sit and think and do more reading. Throughout the summer there are superb concerts, art exhibitions, museums and films. Above all, you meet many amazing people who have come to Cambridge for sheer love of learning. 

'It was a huge pleasure to offer this unique course on Virginia Woolf here in Cambridge in July 2016. Woolf often visited Cambridge and was a lively participant in intellectual debates. This is the perfect place for five days of pure Woolf. A very exciting course. We look forward to Woolf 2017.'

                                                            -TRUDI TATE, Director, Literature Cambridge