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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. Our courses are taught by leading academics and are open to all.

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 week on Virginia Woolf. In 2017, our Woolf summer course was on the theme of Woolf's Rooms, studying A Room of One's Own, Jacob's Room, The Waves, To the Lighthouse, and Between the Acts. We also offered a second course in summer 2017, on the theme of Reading Bloomsbury.

Our Woolf summer course in 2018 will be on Woolf and Politics, 1-6 July, followed by a week on Women Writers: Emily Bronte to Elizabeth Bowen, 8-13 July 2018.

 

Study days

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

Our next courses are:

Saturday 17 March 2018. E. M. Forster: For Love of Italy, with Jeremy Thurlow and Alison Hennegan. Further details and bookings.

Saturday 15 September 2018. Reading A Room of One's Own, with Alison Hennegan, Frances Spalding, and Trudi Tate. Further details and bookings.

Saturday 20 October 2018. Understanding King Lear, with Adrian Poole and Fred Parker. Further details and bookings.

Saturday 3 November. First World War literature. Details to follow.

Full list of Study Days.

How to get to Stapleford Granary.

 
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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 very small groups, and taught mainly by lecturers and post-docs from the University of Cambridge. 

Our short courses are taught by top academics, guiding students through intensive yet accessible lectures and discussions.

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 very small groups, and taught mainly by lecturers and post-docs from the University of Cambridge. 

Our short courses are taught by top academics, guiding students through intensive yet accessible lectures and discussions.

 

STUDY 

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

 

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STAY

Our summer courses are based in a Cambridge college. You live, study, and share some meals with the course participants. A rare opportunity to live and work with other keen students of your subject. Our 2017 course was held in the lovely Victorian setting of Homerton College.

EXPLORE

Summer courses include walks, talks, 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. 

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 is a huge pleasure to offer our unique courses here in Cambridge. Virginia Woolf often visited Cambridge and was a lively participant in intellectual debates. This is the perfect place to explore the writing of Woolf and many other brilliant writers. We look forward to Woolf and Politics and Women Writers in July 2018.'

                                                            -TRUDI TATE, Director, Literature Cambridge