English Literature Summer School

The English Summer School – Part 1 will cover literature dating from 650 to 1790, including Middle English, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Renaissance, Shakespeare, Restoration Literature and the Rise of the Novel. We will also be introducing students to Historicist, Feminist, and Material Culture critical approaches as part of this Summer School.

See a detailed schedule for this course here.

The English Summer School – Part 2 will cover literature dating from 1790 to the present day, including Romanticism and the Gothic Movement, Victorian Sensation Novels, Literature and the British Empire, Modernism, and Postmodernism. We will also be covering the ‘Death of the Author’, and Postcolonial theory as part of this Summer School.

See a detailed schedule for this course here.

Please note that students can attend both Parts of the Summer School, or either one, depending on their literary interests. Although the courses complement one another, they can also be treated as stand alone events and there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to register for Part 2.

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.

The tutors for the course range widely in their specialisms, from Medieval folk tales to Renaissance drama to contemporary criticism. This ensures that students will benefit from the broadest possible range of perspectives and approaches.

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

The English Summer School – Part 1 will cover literature dating from 650 to 1790, including Middle English, Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Renaissance, Shakespeare, Restoration Literature and the Rise of the Novel. We will also be introducing students to Historicist, Feminist, and Material Culture critical approaches as part of this Summer School.

See a detailed schedule for this course here.

The English Summer School – Part 2 will cover literature dating from 1790 to the present day, including Romanticism and the Gothic Movement, Victorian Sensation Novels, Literature and the British Empire, Modernism, and Postmodernism. We will also be covering the ‘Death of the Author’, and Postcolonial theory as part of this Summer School.

See a detailed schedule for this course here.

Please note that students can attend both Parts of the Summer School, or either one, depending on their literary interests. Although the courses complement one another, they can also be treated as stand alone events and there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to register for Part 2.

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.

The tutors for the course range widely in their specialisms, from Medieval folk tales to Renaissance drama to contemporary criticism. This ensures that students will benefit from the broadest possible range of perspectives and approaches.

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

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

The English Literature Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18.

Part 1 of the course (Literature up to 1790) will take place 26th – 30th July, and Part 2 (Literature 1790 – current) will take place 2nd – 6th August.

Each Part of the online course is five days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm, with a lunch break.

This is a live online event, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The event will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

The cost for either single Part of this course is £420, 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.

To book your place for the English Literature Summer School, please click on the button below, which will take you to the booking form. Please note that because we will be keeping online class sizes small, places are very limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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.