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English Literature

Great writers deserve great readers. Spend time with important works from centuries ago to the modern day, refining how you approach, analyse and argue about literature.
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Learning

Outline

From the romantic poets of yesteryear to contemporary writers of today, every piece of literature, prose and poetry had a symbolic meaning and a message to be interpreted. Learn how to demystify them on our fascinating English Literature course. We’ll explore the works of writers such as William Wordsworth, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf and Ali Smith for a diverse range of styles and contexts. We’ll help you to build your creative expertise and enjoy every word along the way.

Teaching methodology

Learn the Oxford way with tutorial-style teaching. Your expert tutor will foster self-directed learning and critical thinking through interactive seminars in small groups (no bigger than 8). During your course, you will complete two pieces of independent work (essays or problem sheets), which your tutor will then evaluate in either a 1:1 or 2:1 tutorial. Tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work and feedback with your tutor and learn new perspectives from your classmates. On completion of the course, you'll receive a certificate and letter of recommendation from your tutor.

The experience

You’ll have time to explore Oxford for yourself, as well as forging new friendships for the future, and there’s an action-packed programme of social activities, field trips and excursions to help bring your learning to life. We might even head to London for the day.

You’re not a tourist, so we won’t treat you like one. Instead, we’ll help you uncover genuine local treasures and show you what life here is really like, from the inside.

Typical outings

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British Museum

Discover amazing treasures and experience the history of people from around the world. Then explore the heart of London from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square to the National Gallery and St James' Park.

Warwick Castle

Let your imagination roar with history, magic, myth and adventure in the age of gallant dragon-slaying knights. And discover dark dungeons and watch birds of prey soar at one of England’s finest mediaeval castles.

Tower of London

The Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, and over 1,000 years of history – explore this iconic ancient fortress and castle, walk along the mighty river Thames and discover vibrant Brick Lane.

Westminster, London

The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace – just a few of the world-famous landmarks in this part of London. Enjoy being at the heart of our vibrant capital.

Bath

Explore the cobbled streets and Georgian architecture of this historic English city. And discover the secrets of the literary world of Jane Austen, the Roman Baths, and its lively shops and cafés.

Blenheim Palace

Uncover the amazing history of the palace where Winston Churchill was born. And explore incredible state rooms, the tricky garden maze, the butterfly house, the beautiful grounds, and much more.

Ashmolean Museum

This world-famous museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Oxford University unveils a world of incredible historical artefacts, Egyptian mummies, Picasso, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and much more.

Oxford

Let us show you around our home town. We’ll visit lots of fascinating museums, take a punt down the river, explore Oxford Castle, and uncover all the best bits of this classic English city.

Portsmouth

It’s action stations as you step aboard world-famous warships, including Nelson’s HMS Victory, brave the glass floor of the Spinnaker Tower, and explore one of England’s most important naval cities.

Bristol

Explore Brunel's amazing engineering feat, the SS Great Britain, get hands-on with science at We The Curious, marvel at the Planetarium, and uncover the secrets of one of the UK’s coolest cities.

Reviews

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Audrey, Australia

"Choosing to take part in this exciting, fun-filled trip has been one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Chloe, USA

"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."

Liberty, United Kingdom

"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."

Stay in Oxford

Where it all began. Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and it’s also where Oxford Summer Courses was born. Known as the city of dreaming spires, Oxford has educated and inspired world-changing thinkers through the ages. And its renowned tutorial teaching keeps the university among the global elite. But it’s so much more than books. This is a lively, cosmopolitan and open-minded place. There’s room for everyone, with something new (or very old) to discover at every turn.

All of the accommodation in Oxford is based within Oxford University college grounds, and the beautiful buildings that date back in some cases to the 13th century, present a real sense of the traditional university. Although the bedrooms have been appropriately modernised, they remain in-keeping with the college surroundings with lots of character and charm. Accommodating full-time students during term time, the rooms are practical and usually have some desk space for quiet study time. Each corridor houses a pastoral member of staff, who oversees students throughout the night. We are able to offer twin or single bedrooms with either shared or private bathroom facilities.

You will get the chance to eat at a range of Oxford's best restaurants and cafes during the week, and each Friday evening you will experience an Oxford University formal hall. As an Oxford Summer Courses student, you will get to attend two formal halls per course, where you can expect an excellent dining experience and an electric atmosphere, as students and staff celebrate the achievements of the week together. Usually followed by a traditional party and graduation ceremony it really is an experience of a lifetime, so don’t forget your cameras for this one!

Tutors

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Dr Amanda Holton

DPhil Chaucer's Poetics, University of Oxford - Amanda specialises in Medieval English literature and the English language. Her first book was on Chaucer's poetics; she edited Tottel's Miscellany, and worked on a book and database on rhyme in medieval and sixteenth century love lyric. She's currently working on a new book about anthologies of ‘English verse’ and the fantasies of England they project. It picks up on her longstanding interests in poetry anthologies and the agendas which drive the critical framing of texts and uses them to explore an area which is particularly topical given the ongoing debates around Brexit and the drive for Scottish independence.

Fiona Macdonald

DPhil ‘Henry James and the Nineteenth-Century Stage’, University of Oxford - Following her DPhil on Henry James, Fiona has taught English Literature for many years across the secondary, further and higher education sectors. She continues to seek space for her own academic writing alongside her teaching responsibilities and is currently interested in exploring spiritual journeys in the work of Charlotte Bronte.

Hannah Greenstreet

DPhil English, University of Oxford - Hannah is a doctoral researcher, focussing on realism and feminism in contemporary theatre. Prior to this, she studied at Harvard University for a year as Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellow, where she took classes in playwriting and dramaturgy at the American Repertory Theater. She has taught courses on feminist theatre and creative writing and is an experienced tutor of English. Hannah was a winner of the Theatre and Performance Research Association postgraduate essay prize in 2016 and her work has been published in Studies in Theatre and Performance and Platform Journal of Theatre Arts. As well as writing her own plays, which have been performed in Oxford, Edinburgh and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Hannah reviews theatre for Exeunt Magazine.

Dr Michael Molan

DPhil English Literature, University of Oxford - Michael has taught English literature from the early modern to the contemporary at the University of Oxford and the University of East Anglia. His main research interests include the history and legacy of modernism, the study of literary influence, and the correspondence networks of twentieth-century writers. Michael's doctoral research concerned the influence of the seventeenth-century poet John Milton on twentieth-century writers, and he is currently turning this dissertation into a book. He is also in the early stages of a project about the representation of the Ottoman Empire in modernist writing.

Dates & Prices

25 Jun - 8 Jul 2023

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£5895

2 Jul - 15 Jul 2023

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£5895

9 Jul - 22 Jul 2023

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£5895

16 Jul - 29 Jul 2023

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£5895

23 Jul - 5 Aug 2023

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£5895

30 Jul - 12 Aug 2023

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£5895

6 Aug - 19 Aug 2023

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£5895

13 Aug - 26 Aug 2023

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£5895

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