English Literature Masterclass

An intensive one-day introduction to some of the key ideas in literary criticism, including feminist criticism, postcolonial criticism and ‘death of the author’, for students aged 15-18.

Have you ever argued about what literature is for, or how many right ways there are to read a poem? The English Literature Masterclass is for students aged 15-18 interested in literary theory, or just keen to discover new ways of reading, and is particularly suited to anyone considering studying English at university. This interactive, full-day course is taught through mini-lectures, seminars and group work, and provides great opportunities to discuss your ideas with tutors and fellow students in an informal but academically rigorous environment. Topics to be covered include:

Postcolonial Criticism * Feminist Criticism * Death of the Author? * Banned books – Literature and Society

Student discussion and practical analysis form the heart of each session, and all participants are encouraged to engage actively and critically with the material, just as they would do in a university tutorial or group environment. Peer-to-peer interaction is key, and our Literature tutors (postgraduate and doctoral students at top universities) are skilled at facilitating and managing discussion such that students can explore ideas independently.


‘I would highly recommend this course for anybody interested in literature or who reads widely. It is a brilliant opportunity to discuss works with those with similar interests to you. Challenging but enjoyable. The tutors are professional and informative; you will surely come away from the course having learnt plenty and having met some lovely people. Overall, a great experience.’

‘I had always been worried that the range of literature that I had read and studied had been too narrow, but this course really helped to give a foundation to a far wider range of literature and I would highly recommend the course to anyone thinking of attending.’

‘I’m so grateful to my friend for recommending this course to me, it really helped me understand criticism and literature in a new way.  I was able to look at topics I would not necessarily be able to in school and have discussions with people who love English as much as me!’

‘I had a brilliant day – it was very intense and really thought-provoking, opening my eyes to current debates within my subject. It was also fun to meet people with similar interests yet who often had a completely different interpretation of a text. This breadth of ideas, demonstrated by our lively discussions, was what was most valuable about the day.’

Practical Details

The English Literature Masterclass is open to students aged 15 – 18, and will take place on Saturday 26th January 2019.

The venue for this course is the University of London, Bloomsbury Campus, Central London – you can see more venue and travel details here.

The cost of the one-day English Literature Masterclass is £95 per student. Partial fees bursaries are available for students who would otherwise face financial barriers to attending the course – please see here for details.

To book a place at the English Literature Masterclass, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0845 519 4827, email info@debatechamber.com, or complete the booking form below.

Booking Form

Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you are applying for a bursary please do not complete this form, but instead complete the ‘Bursary Application Form’ here.

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