English literature is a rich tapestry of historical and contemporary works. In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore English literature in more detail - looking at questions such as ‘What is literature?’, as well as looking at classic works in their historical, as well as contemporary literary contexts. If you love reading, and want to understand how we can approach works of literature at a higher level, then the English literature course is for you.
In past years courses have focused on a wide range of topics: from Victorian novels, to Shakespeare and all the way back to Old English with the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Whether you’re studying more contemporary or historical works, you are sure to expand your horizons.
All our tutors are current Oxford and/or Cambridge PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will have the opportunity to learn about their look at original research and our tutors will take you beyond your school curriculum to investigate their subject at a higher level - this is great preparation for university/college study! You may even have the opportunity to learn about your tutor’s original, unpublished research.
Nancy, one of our tutors in 2017, completed an undergraduate degree in English and Biology before completing two Master’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies before commencing her PhD in English Literature at the University of Oxford, where she holds a Rothermere Fellowship. Her current research focuses on the literature of the First World War.
Hannah, one of our tutors in 2016, completed an undergraduate degree in English literature at the University of Cambridge, before proceeding to complete a Master’s in Medieval Literature at the University of Oxford, where she is currently completing her PhD.
This course is ideal for students interested in studying English Literature or any humanities-related subject at university. It would also be interesting to anyone who enjoys reading or creative writing.
Students often enjoy combining this course with our seminar in Film studies to gain an insight into visual, as well as literary, culture.
You may also be interested in our History course
Our students go on to study a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level, including English, History, Law and other humanities courses at universities across the UK, as well as those abroad, including in the US.