Your week will comprise:
- 5 one-hour lectures delivered by expert tutors, followed by Q&A sessions
- 10 small-group one-hour seminars
- A one-to-one 20 minute tutorial on a piece of close reading
- A walking tour of Oxford
- Opening and closing drinks receptions
- Optional evening social programme
Your programme starts on Sunday with an orientation meeting followed by welcome drinks in the historical New College cloisters, overlooking a green space in which grows the holm oak made famous by the Harry Potter films.
Each day begins with a plenary lecture on aspects of the genres and movements of English Literature. After a coffee break in the cloisters, you will participate in small group seminars followed by lunch, and on most days have either a workshop or a tutorial on a piece of close reading.
On your final day, you will be presented with a certificate of course attendance.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- discuss concepts of literary value;
- understand key concepts of the genres of English literature;
- identify literary techniques and tropes;
- confidently engage in close reading;
- analyse texts beyond the surface level of plot and character description.
You can find a sample timetable here.
Monday 31 July - Reading medieval literature
Tuesday 1 August - Reading Early Modern literature
Wednesday 2 August - Reading eighteenth-century literature
Thursday 3 August - Reading Victorian literature
Friday 4 August - Reading Twentieth-century literature
Social and informal events
There will be a number of evening activities such as a quiz, a walking tour of Oxford, and a pub walk.
Situated at the very heart of the city, New College is one of the largest and most architecturally striking colleges in Oxford, combining outstanding facilities with spectacular buildings and gardens set against the twelfth-century city wall.
New College was founded in 1379 by William of Wykham, Bishop of Winchester, as 'the college of St Mary of Winchester in Oxford', and was the largest college at the time. It soon became known as New College to distinguish it from an earlier Oxford college (Oriel) also dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Architecturally, New College was innovative in its enclosed quadrangle - the first of its type, which has since become one of the defining features of colleges across Oxford and Cambridge. Around the quadrangle are the cloisters, dining hall, chapel, student accommodation and beautiful gardens and grounds, which you are free to explore.
The cloisters, hall, chapel and gardens are fully accessible. Access to the hall is provided via a lift, and teaching and bed/study rooms are either ground-floor or easily accessed by lift.
Staying at New College
You will stay in a single en-suite study bedroom, with your own private toilet and shower. All guests are provided with towels, a welcome toiletry pack, a mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
All rooms are used by students during term-time, so feature a desk and a wardrobe. Please note that hairdryers and international plug adaptors are not provided.
There are a limited number of double en-suite and fully accessible rooms, which can accommodate carers.
Laundry facilities (washing machines, dryers, irons) are available within the College. Washers and dryers are pay-as-you-go. Irons and ironing boards are available free of charge.
We regret that participants cannot be accommodated at New College either prior to or beyond their programme dates. Family members and/or friends who are not enrolled on this programme cannot be accommodated in college.