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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.

 

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:

Sunday 12 November 2017. Ali Smith and Gillian Beer: Reading and Conversation. A rare opportunity to hear these brilliant writers in conversation. With a cup of tea. Further details and bookings

Sunday 28 January 2018. Reading Great Expections. Distinguished Dickens scholars Corinna Russell and Jan-Melissa Schramm explore different aspects of this much-loved novel from 1861. Further details and bookings.

Sunday 18 February 2018. Introduction to Tennyson: Maud and other poems. Details to come soon.

Saturday 17 March 2018. E. M. Forster: For Love of Italy. Details to come soon.

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.

 
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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. In 2017 we ran two summer courses: Woolf's Rooms and Reading Bloomsbury. Virginia Woolf often visited Cambridge and was a lively participant in intellectual debates. There were very close links between Cambridge and the artists and intellectuals of Bloomsbury in the early 20th century. This is the perfect place to explore both topics. We hugely enjoyed Woolf's Rooms and Reading Bloomsbury in July 2017, and we look forward to Woolf and Politics in July 2018.'

                                                            -TRUDI TATE, Director, Literature Cambridge