Welcome to one of the world’s literary capitals, Oxford. The city’s past inhabitants will certainly need little introduction. J R Tolkien used to meet C S Lewis in the cosy Lamb & Flag pub, while Oscar Wilde famously said: “The two great turning points in my life were when my father sent me to Oxford, and when society sent me to prison”.
Oxford’s impressive list of alumni and residents alike include the ranks of Graham Greene and Aldous Huxley, while the city itself has been the inspired backdrop for many great novels throughout time. Whatever your literary tastes, you’re in good company. The focus of this Oxford English literature summer course is on the works of some of the great English writers. The big question is, is it time to open up that exciting new chapter in your own life?
Oxford is home of literary masters and some of the best English literature tutors alike, so you’ll be taught by the best in the field.
The learning in this summer course is based on the tutorial system used at the city’s world-famous university. The teaching style is very much focused on you and your interests, instead of a rigid set syllabus. So, whether you prefer magical realism or medieval literature, you will have the opportunity to explore and compare the works of the literary greats based around your own tastes.
The broad range of literature that you will study 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 Oxford.
Dr Amanda HoltonBIO
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.
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.
Madeline Buday graduated summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America with a degree in English Literature. While there, she was actively involved in tutoring both for students at the university and throughout the greater community. Currently, she is in the final year of her MPhil in Modern Theology at Oxford University with a special focus on the intersection of Literature and Theology in the modern world. Most recently she has presented papers at Durham University on C.S. Lewis’s theodicy within his fiction and at Oxford University on hope and despair in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
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."
"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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