It would be hard to avoid Cambridge in any study of English literature. The city’s past inhabitants will certainly need little introduction… C S Lewis held an academic position at the city, while university students included the likes of Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith.
On top of this, Cambridge alumni like Sylvia Plath (pen name, Victoria Lucas) and Ted Hughes went on to write some of the most influential poetry works of the 20th century. So, on this English literature summer course you’ll feel right at home studying works of the great English writers. The big question is, is it about time to embark on an exciting new chapter in your own life?
Cambridge is home of literary masters and some of the best English literature tutors alike, so you’ll be in pretty good hands on this summer course.
Whatever your taste in literature, you will have the opportunity to explore and compare the works of the literary greats based around your own tastes. This is because the learning in this summer course is based on the tutorial system used at the city’s world-famous university – which is very much focused on you and your interests, instead of a rigid syllabus.
The broad range of literature that you will study will is sure to send you on a voyage of discovery that will last for years to come. You’ll look at poetry and fictional prose and be asked to think about and critique both short stories and novels. You will also be producing your own piece of critique, which might then be used to shape the remainder of your studies in Cambridge.
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.
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.
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.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"Choosing to take part in this exciting, fun-filled trip has been one of the best decisions I have ever made."
"The material was fascinating, and the process taught me how to prioritise work; whereas at school I have about two weeks to write each essay, here it’s just two days. "
"As I was studying English literature this was especially exciting to me, learning about authors that studied here was an experience I have never had before."
"I attended the English Literature course and have fully adored every single moment. My teacher has been such an inspiration to me, he has helped me expand my horizons and explore complex ideas and feelings through the use of words."
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