Women writers: Emily Brontë to Elizabeth Bowen
8 to 13 July 2018
Homerton College, Cambridge
We are delighted to offer a second summer course in July 2018, in the week following our course on Woolf and Politics. This course explores some of the great British women writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We will study one book per day, with accessible lectures, discussions, and supervisions (tutorials) in the Cambridge style. Our teachers are leading Cambridge scholars.
Take the opportunity to live for a week in the lovely Victorian environment of Homerton College. Immerse yourself in literature, with time to read and think. There will be visits to places of literary interest in Cambridge, a welcome dinner, a formal closing dinner, and a traditional English afternoon tea.
Places are limited. Bookings now open. Click on the Request button to ask for booking forms.
Provisional list of books
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860)
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)
Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922)
Elizabeth Bowen, A World of Love (1955) [title to be confirmed]
Each day starts with a lecture and discussion presented by a leading scholar. Most days there is a Cambridge-style supervision, given to students in very small groups, and taught by lecturers and post-docs from the University of Cambridge. Supervisions (tutorials) are a unique opportunity to discuss a work in depth, try out ideas, and refine your close reading skills.
After lectures, supervisions, and excursions, students will have some time to read and think in the beautiful setting of Homerton College. And there will be chances to read further, explore Cambridge, talk with other students, and to reflect.
We also offer a week of study on Woolf and Politics, 1-6 July 2018.
Supervisions last for one hour. Students meet in very small groups (usually 3 or 4 students) with a Cambridge supervisor to discuss the topic of the day, looking closely at the text of the day. Weather permitting, some supervisions can take place in Homerton's beautiful gardens.
Every day there will be time to spend reading, to reflect upon the work covered so far, and to prepare for the next day's work. A rare chance to immerse yourself in some superb writing and to take the time to read and think.
A valuable part of the course is the chance to talk with other students, of all ages, who are interested in literature, and come with a wealth of experience and ideas. And there are plenty of places in and around college where you can read and think by yourself. Evening activities include talks, readings, and a formal Cambridge college dinner. Some evenings will be free for you to pursue your own interests, or spend time with other participants.
Robert McCrum on Wuthering Heights in the Guardian (16 December 2013)
Kathryn Hughes on The Mill on the Floss in the Guardian (27 March 2010)
John Mullan on Philip Davis' biography of George Eliot, Guardian (31 May 2017)
British Library entry on Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party (brief but useful)
Katherine Mansfield Society (UK).
Banner image: Elizabeth Bowen