Literature Cambridge

Literature Cambridge

  • View down Senate House Passage, Cambridge
  • Composite of details from courses poster and V Bell portrait of L Woolf
    Reading Bloomsbury details
  • Claudia Tobin in Tavistock Square, London
    Claudia Tobin, Tavistock Square, London

Literature courses in Cambridge

Study days

Reading Mrs Dalloway

Saturday 16 September 2017, 11am-5pm

Study Day with Trudi Tate, Susan Sellers and Claire Nicholson 

An intensive study day on Virginia Woolf’s much-loved novel Mrs Dalloway (1925) with lectures by leading Woolf scholars.

How well do we understand Mrs Dalloway (1925) today? What is the novel really saying about the First World War, about shell shock, about love, gender and family relations? We will explore the historical context of this intriguing, lyrical novel about two inhabitants of London – a society hostess and a shell-shocked soldier – whose lives overlap but who never meet.

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Tickets: £90 full price; £75 students/Cambridge alumni with current CAMcard. If claiming an alumni discount, please book as a student on the website, and bring your CAMcard to the event.

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Ali Smith and Gillian Beer: Reading and Conversation

Sunday 12 November 2017, 2pm-4pm

A rare opportunity to hear two wonderful Cambridge writers in conversation. Acclaimed author Ali Smith is a graduate of Newnham College. Her books include Free Love and Other Stories, Hotel WorldPublic Library, There but for the, How to Be Both (winner of Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015), and Autumn.

Professor Dame Gillian Beer is retired Edward VII Professor of English Literature and former President of Clare Hall. Her books include Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction; Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground; Arguing with the Past; Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter. Her recent book, Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll (2016) won the Truman Capote prize.

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Tickets £15.00 (single price)

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Phone: 01223 324960

Summer courses

Our summer courses focus on a particular author or theme. Taught by leading scholars in the field, they offer a rare chance to combine the study of literature with relevant walks, visits, and excursions.

The courses include lectures, supervisions, discussions and above all close reading, in the tradition of Cambridge English since the 1920s. We explore the historical context of the books, asking what they have to say about their own time, and how they speak to ours.

In 2017, we offer two intensive summer courses. Woolf's Rooms explores A Room of One's Own, Jacob's Room, The Waves, To the Lighthouse, and Between the Acts, with visits to places in Cambridge of particular importance for Woolf, including an opportunity to see the original manuscript of A Room of One’s Own (1929). Lecturers include Gillian Beer, Jane Goldman, Alison Hennegan, Jane Potter, Trudi Tate.

In Reading Bloomsbury, we will study key artists and thinkers of the Bloomsbury Group: Vanessa Bell, E M Forster, Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Virginia Woolf. We will explore the close links between Cambridge and Bloomsbury, visiting colleges important to the group.

We will also take a walking tour of Bloomsbury, led by art historian Claudia Tobin. With lectures by leading Bloomsbury scholars Frances Spalding, Peter Jones, Alison Hennegan, Claire Nicholson, and others.

Further information and bookings

CAMCard discount

Cambridge Alumni with a CAMcard are entitled to a discount. See for details.