From Orwell to Forster, study the works of some of the world’s most iconic writers
Discover a world of literary wonder on our English Literature study course. From inspiring poetry and fiction that dates back to medieval times through to contemporary works, you’ll learn the mechanisms and themes that enrich our literature.
Study English Literature at Cambridge or Oxford and you’re perfectly placed to absorb all the atmospheric beauty that surrounds the city. Wander down the same cobbled streets that C.S Lewis or Sylvia Plath once trekked as you develop your own understanding, sharpen your critical eye and broaden your horizons to discover your own voice as a scholar.
Leaf through the greatest works of bygone centuries while studying in the finest literary city
Great literature is often inspired by great surroundings. Our Oxford Summer Course in English Literature ticks all the boxes.
You’ll learn from the finest academic minds – expert tutors that are respected scholars and thoroughly passionate about the works they teach.
Our interactive teaching experience, mirroring the infamous Oxford University style, helps develop your ideas further, exploring sonnets, short stories and all the myriad elements of English Literature.
Amanda Holton was educated at Oxford University, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. She has many years’ experience teaching Old and Middle English and the English language at various UK universities. Her main research interests are in Chaucer, the medieval and early Renaissance love lyric, and poetics, with an emphasis on the intersection of form and meaning. She also has particular interests in the relationship between medieval and Renaissance poetry. Her publications include The Sources of Chaucer’s Poetics (Ashgate, 2008), and Tottel’s Miscellany (Penguin, 2011), edited with Tom MacFaul. She is currently working on a book on the role of rhyme in love lyric from 1300 to 1579.
Max Long is a graduate student at Cambridge University, where he is studying for an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature. His interests lie in technology, the environment and the role of emotion in the process of artistic creation. His dissertation will explore the work of Anna Kavan and Patrick Hamilton, although next year he will begin a PhD in the early history of natural history filmmaking. Max’s work is strongly interdisciplinary; he graduated with a First Class in History from Oxford, and spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, before spending two months learning German at Middlebury College, Vermont, as a Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow. He has also cycled the Iron Curtain Trail in Germany, and tutored students at a Prison in New Jersey.
Emma Bartel graduated from La Sorbonne (Paris-IV) with a Masters in English Literature and spent a year as a visiting student at the University of Oxford. She taught English as a Foreign Language in France for the Paris City Council and the Department of Education and worked as a freelance translator. For the last two years she has been the editor of the online literary magazine Wedgie Magazine. In her spare time, she writes and translates poetry for various artistic projects and journals.
Naoise Murphy graduated from Durham University in 2017 with a B.A. in English Literature and French, with a year abroad at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She will complete her MPhil this year at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. She has been awarded a Major Studentship by Newnham College Cambridge for her research on twentieth-century Irish women’s writing. She has several years of experience tutoring in both English and French.
Audrey Southgate is a currently a D.Phil. candidate in English at Merton College, Oxford, focusing her academic work on how the Book of Psalms was translated and interpreted in the Middle Ages. She holds a Master’s in Medieval Studies from Oxford, as well as a B.A. in English and French from Hillsdale College in the United States. In addition to pursuing her own studies, she is passionate about teaching. Her experience tutoring individuals in English and French, giving lectures on the humanities for interdisciplinary groups of students visiting Oxford, and mentoring current undergraduates here have only increased her enthusiasm to share the delight and learning to be found in literature.
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