United Kingdom, Cambridge

University of Cambridge Literature Summer Programme

when 3 July 2016 - 30 July 2016
duration 4 weeks

The Literature Summer Programme, gives its participants an experience of 'Cambridge English', with its emphasis on small group teaching, close attention to the words on the page, and radical inquiry into why literature matters.

The academic programme
• Four special subject courses (two for each week)
• Plenary Lecture series
• Evening talks

Special subject courses
The core of your programme will be your chosen special subject courses, each meeting five times. This allows for close and continuing discussion, and you will be expected to have done substantial preparatory reading before you arrive in Cambridge.

'Cambridge English’ has, since the 1930s, been distinguished by detailed attention to the text and students should expect the discipline of close reading to be the foundation of all work in the classes. However widely discussion ranges during classes, lecturers and students will normally have texts open for continual reference, illustration and analysis.

Plenary lectures
You attend a plenary lecture each teaching day. These lectures are given by distinguished guest speakers and address the theme Interpretations.

The lectures draw on writing of many different kinds and periods, and offer you a rich variety of voices, approaches, and models of critical thought. Taken as a whole, this course of lectures will bring fresh perspectives to familiar masterpieces and encourage exploration in new directions.

Course leader

Dr Fred Parker

Target group

We welcome applications from all adult learners including university students, professionals and those with other experience who have an interest in the subject, regardless of educational background.

Course aim


Credits info

The University of Cambridge does not use a credit system for the awarding of its internal degrees, and cannot award credit directly for its International Summer Programmes. Students wishing to obtain credit as a result of our evaluation should consult their own institutions in advance about the acceptability of the Summer Programmes evaluation for credit purposes.

Fee info

GBP 0: See website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/intsummer