Literature Cambridge was set up in 2015 by Trudi Tate, an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall who teaches Victorian and modern literature at Cambridge and has a passion to bring great literature in English to readers all over the world.
Literature Cambridge launched with a series of summer schools in which participants spend a week immersed in the life and works of their favourite authors. Enlisting many luminaries to teach, from ground-breaking Cambridge art historians Frances Spalding and Claudia Tobin to brilliant literary scholars Dame Gillian Beer, Susan Sellers, Isobel Maddison, Karina Jakubowicz, Claire Nicholson, Claire Davison, Alison Hennegan, Ellie Mitchell, Suzanne Raitt, and many others, Trudi’s summer courses have been a resounding success. Two summer courses usually run every year – one on Virginia Woolf, the other on a more general literary theme – and attract a wide range of students from home and abroad.
In summer 2023, they will offer a live online summer course on Virginia Woolf’s Women, 10-14 July. Woolf’s Women course will also run live in person, in Cambridge, 23-28 July 2023.
In 2020, Literature Cambridge created an exciting series of Online Study Sessions. These attract lovers of literature from all over the world as well as locally. A group of superb lecturers, all with a Cambridge connection, provide top quality lectures and seminars, live online via Zoom.
They study a great range of writers: Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Dickens, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, E.M. Forster, Ivor Gurney, Katherine Mansfield, Vita Sackville West, Zora Neale Hurston, D. H. Lawrence, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Philip Larkin, refugee writers, and more. Lecturers include Cambridge scholars Adrian Poole, Alison Hennegan, Kasia Boddy, Anne-Laure Brevet, Clare Walker Gore, Corinna Russell, and many others.
They run a regular season of live online lectures on Virginia Woolf. The next Woolf Season is on the theme of Woolf and Love and runs from October 2022 to summer 2023. You can book for as many or as few sessions as you like. Places are limited and sessions often sell out. A Victorian Season of 9 lectures starts in January 2023.
Literature Cambridge also offer live online weekly and fortnightly courses on special topics, including:
The Contemporary Novel (6 sessions)
History of the Sonnet (6 sessions)
Bloomsbury: Art and Politics (6 sessions)
Poetry Writing Workshop (6 sessions)
Iris Murdoch and the Gothic (4 sessions)
Doris Lessing: Women and Destiny (4 sessions)
Elizabeth von Arnim: Women and Freedom (4 sessions)
Literature Cambridge runs a fantastic series of in-person Study Days on Shakespeare, George Eliot, Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Toni Morrison, and many other brilliant writers. These are expected to resume in autumn 2023.
In 2022-23, Literature Cambridge is also offering courses on Classical literature with a focus on Greek Tragedy, taught by Jan Parker.
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