Lewis Carroll in Oxford
The Oxford Experience is a residential summer programme providing one-week courses in a variety of subjects aimed at non-specialists. It offers a choice of seminars each week over a period of six weeks.
Alice in Wonderland is forever connected with Christ Church College. Lewis Carroll was a mathematics lecturer; Alice Liddell was the daughter of the Dean. On this course we will discuss the real people and places behind the story, look in detail at some of the many facets of this famous tale, and see how this work of imagination has been interpreted and reimagined over the last 150 years.
Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.
Charles Dodgson, Lewis Carroll, and Alice Liddell – Dodgson’s early life, his life at Christ Church as scholar and photographer, and his friendship with the Liddell family.
Walking tour following the famous boating trip to Binsey, Godstow Nunnery, and the Trout Inn, reading and discussing passages from Alice in Wonderland.
Alice’s Adventures – the ‘golden afternoon’ and a detailed look at passages in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – their publication, illustration, and reception.
After Alice – Lewis Carroll’s other works, his later life, and how Alice has been adapted and interpreted over the last 150 years.
A walking trip to Binsey, Godstow Nunnery, and the Trout Inn.
Excursion Rating: Moderate
Excursion Ratings: Key
(as rated by course tutors)
Easy: Up to an hour's walk on even ground or less than half an hour's walk on rough ground.
Moderate: Up to two hours' walk on even ground or up to an hour's walk on rough and/or steep ground or up lots of stairs and steps.
Demanding: More than two hours' walk on even ground or up to two hours' walk on rough and/or steep ground or up lots of stairs and steps.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Any edition.
Please bring to class – e-book form is fine
Carroll, Lewis. Alice Through the Looking Glass. Any edition.
Please bring to class – e-book form is fine
Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert. The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland. London: Vintage, 2016.
During your course, you will stay in typical Oxford student accommodation at Christ Church in buildings which range from the 18th to the 20th century. Bedrooms are modestly-furnished, do not have air-conditioning and are arranged on a staircase of four or five floors.
The fee £1545 includes a bedroom with private bathroom facilities (shower, washbasin and toilet). Most are single but a few twins are available for couples or those who wish to share with a friend. Those couples wishing to book a twin room should contact us direct firstname.lastname@example.org, as these rooms cannot be booked online.
There are also a few standard rooms available which all have their own washbasin and shaver point but the bath and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared. To apply for one of these rooms please select the ‘Programme Fee (with single standard accommodation and meals)’ option on the application form. Early application for these rooms is essential.
Most standard rooms are single but there are a few ‘twin sets’ (two single rooms opening off a sitting room). If you wish to book a twin set, please contact us direct email@example.com, as these rooms cannot be booked online.
Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form) together with a note of any mobility problems.
We regret that we are unable to offer you accommodation at Christ Church prior to or following your course. Additionally, family or friends who are not enrolled in the programme cannot be accommodated in college.
Programme fee (with single en-suite accom, field trip and meals): £1585.00
Programme fee (with single standard accom, field trip and meals): £1405.00
Darren Ormandy performed in many of Shakespeare’s plays for companies including the RSC, the English Shakespeare Company, and Oxford’s Creation Theatre. He now tutors for OUDCE, running courses on Shakespeare for the Oxford Summer School for Adults and for the Undergraduate Certificate in Literature, as well as tutoring online courses on Victorian fiction.
There are no assessments for this course.
Online registration closes on Wednesday 1 May 2019 but please note that this course may be fully booked very quickly so early registration is recommended.
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Week 1 Courses - from Sun 07 Jul 2019 to Sat 13 Jul 2019
Week 2 Courses - from Sun 14 Jul 2019 to Sat 20 Jul 2019
Week 3 Courses - from Sun 21 Jul 2019 to Sat 27 Jul 2019
Week 4 Courses - from Sun 28 Jul 2019 to Sat 03 Aug 2019
Week 5 Courses - from Sun 04 Aug 2019 to Sat 10 Aug 2019
Week 6 Courses - from Sun 11 Aug 2019 to Sat 17 Aug 2019