English Literature Summer School (In-Person)

Thematic coverage by period, combining close study of texts with lectures on historical and cultural context, and setting major authors side-by-side with less familiar works, will help students to appreciate the development of prose, verse and drama in English from the middle ages to the present day.

We will not only engage in close textual analysis but also evaluate these movements in the light of the poets’ own critical writing. In drama, we will compare playscripts to film adaptations, read through sections of the works using different performance theories.

Literary theory and criticism will play an important role in each Summer School, and students will be invited to

 examine texts they have studied in the light of competing theories of the nature and value of literature and the role of the critic.

As part of this course we will explore feminist, post-colonial, historicist and ‘death of the author’ critical approaches.

This course effectively bridges the gap between school and university level study of literature, and is an excellent preparation for undergraduate programmes.

For full practical and booking details just scroll down past the reviews.

Thematic coverage by period, combining close study of texts with lectures on historical and cultural context, and setting major authors side-by-side with less familiar works, will help students to appreciate the development of prose, verse and drama in English from the middle ages to the present day.

We will not only engage in close textual analysis but also evaluate these movements in the light of the poets’ own critical writing. In drama, we will compare playscripts to film adaptations, read through sections of the works using different performance theories.

Literary theory and criticism will play an important role in each Summer School, and students will be invited to examine texts they have studied in the light of competing theories of the nature and value of literature and the role of the critic.

As part of this course we will explore feminist, post-colonial, historicist and ‘death of the author’ critical approaches.

This course effectively bridges the gap between school and university level study of literature, and is an excellent preparation for undergraduate programmes.

For full practical and booking details just scroll down past the reviews.

‘This was such an amazing course! I think the thing that made it so enjoyable were the staff running it. Although challenging, the course opened my eyes to a whole different perspective on literature – and the speakers really helped  me to understand some of the harder texts. I would definitely recommend this course as it is worth every minute.’

‘I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone doing A-Level English or considering studying English at University. The week left me feeling inspired and wanting to learn more about the subject areas we covered, most of which are not even touched upon at school. The teachers encouraged us to discuss theories and philosophies of literature that piqued our interests, and several of these debates spilled over into lunchtime and even after class! The other students were really friendly and easy to get along with. I went home feeling equally uplifted and educated by my time here… Thank you to everyone for making the experience so enjoyable!’

‘The Debate Chamber Summer School was a fantastic experience and one well worth applying for. Not only was it made thoroughly enjoyable by the effort and expertise of the tutors, but will undoubtedly prove invaluable in the future when drawing on the variety skills learnt.’

‘This was such an amazing course! I think the thing that made it so enjoyable were the staff running it. Although challenging, the course opened my eyes to a whole different perspective on literature – and the speakers really helped  me to understand some of the harder texts. I would definitely recommend this course as it is worth every minute.’

Practical Details

This is the in-person version of this course – for the online event, which is divided into two more specialist parts, please see here.

The in-person English Literature Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18. This course is now complete for 2022, but you can use the form below to express your interest for Summer 2023.

This course is five days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.30am till 4.30pm, with a lunch break.

The venue will be Woburn House, Bloomsbury, Central London (the closest tube is Russell Square). Please note that this event is non-residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

The cost for this five-day course is £595, and you can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.

We offer a limited number of full and partial bursaries (of up to 80% of fees) to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.