Literature Summer School
Term I: 7 – 20 July 2013
Term II: 21 July – 3 August 2013
Programme Director: Dr Fred Parker
The Literature Summer School attracts participants from all backgrounds, those who are already well-read in literature and those who are just starting out. The lively exchanges of views and poolings of experience make these brief, intense periods of study, exploration and debate an extraordinarily stimulating and enriching experience.
In all courses, expect to have texts open for continual reference, illustration and analysis: the discipline of close attention to the words on the page is fundamental to the classes.
Focus on: Literature
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Who should apply?
Students who have completed at least one year at an institute of higher education, or adults who bring other ‘life experience’. Some 55% of participants are current undergraduate or graduate students, 45% are aged 25-85+. Participants must also meet our language requirements.
The academic programme
- Plenary course GH0:
- Four special subject courses
(two for each week)
- Evening lectures
Special subject courses
The core of your programme will be your chosen special subject courses, each meeting five times. (Double courses meet ten times.) Classes allow for close and continuing discussion, and you will be expected to have done substantial preparatory reading before you arrive in Cambridge.
Term I: 7 - 20 July
Week 1 (7 - 13 July)
Group Ga: 9.15am - 10.45am
Group Ha: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Week 2 (14 - 20 July)
Group Gb: 9.15am - 10.45am
Group Hb: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Term II: 21 July - 3 August
Week 3 (21 - 27 July)
Group Gc: 9.15am - 10.45am
Group Hc: 2.00pm -3.30pm
Week 4 (28 July - 3 August)
Group Gd: 9.15am - 10.45am
Group Hd: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Daily plenary lectures by distinguished guest speakers, largely from within the University, draw on literature of many different kinds and periods. You will hear a rich variety of voices, and critical approaches. Plenary lectures bring fresh perspectives to familiar masterpieces and encourage exploration in new directions.
Additional general lectures will add to your enjoyment of your stay.
A typical day
Download a PDF of the daily schedule of the Literature Summer School programme.
Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.
Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.
Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.
Download the fees page to see the options available.
University of Cambridge
Institute of Continuing Education
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848
Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.
Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.