Literature Cambridge

Literature Cambridge

  • Row of Cambridge students at Crag talk
  • Two ladies at the Botanic Garden tour
  • 2019 Summer Course - whole class
  • Supervisions at Summer Course 2019
  • Tall pot and flowers at Botanic Gardens
  • Group shot of online study course
  • Example of online study course

Photos by Jeremy Peters

Alumni can enjoy the discount student price for all eligible courses

All courses are currently live online via Zoom and you can join in from anywhere in the world.

Online Study Sessions

Live online lecture, followed by a seminar. The sessions take place via Zoom. Each Online Study Session focuses on a single work or author; a rare chance to study literature in depth with leading scholars.

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Sunday 23 October 2022, 6pm. Shakespeare, King Lear, with Fred Parker
Saturday 29 October 2022, 6pm. Vita Sackville West, Pepita, with Alison Hennegan

Sunday 20 November 2022, 6pm Robert Louis Stevenson: Music against Empire in the South Sea Tales, with Emma Sutton
Saturday 26 November 2022, 6pm Women in Lawrence’s The Rainbow (1915), with Hugh Stevens

Saturday 10 December 2022, 6pm Shakespeare's Brown Heroines: Much Ado About Nothing, with Varsha Panjwani
Wednesday 14 December 2022, 6pm Philip Larkin: The Escapologist, with Miles Leeson
Monday 26 December 2022, 6pm Refugee writing: Christy Lefteri, The Beekeper of Aleppo, with Trudi Tate. All income from this session will be donated to refugee charities

Classical literature - Greek Tragedy

5 October-November 2022, Wednesdays at 6pm Odysseus the Storyteller, read more

Women Writers Season

Study some brilliant writers of the early twentieth century, including Elizabeth Bowen, Zora Neale Hurston, Rosamund Lehmann, Jean Rhys, May Sinclair, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and more.

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Third Virginia Woolf Season

Woolf and Love: Live online lectures once a month from October 2022 to May 2023 Learn more

Victorian Literature Season 

Study great Victorian novels and poetry, with Corinna Russell and Clare Walker-Gore. Live online monthly, January-November 2023. Bookings are open

Other courses

History of the Sonnet: six-week course with Mariah Whelan. November-December 2022. Bookings are open 

Victorian Women course: six-week course with Clare Walker-Gore. September-November 2022. Bookings are open 

The Contemporary Novel since 2000: Zadie Smith to Douglas Stuart, October-December 2022. Bookings are open 

Jane Austen course: Women and Society with Fred Parker, January-March 2023. Bookings are open

Women Writers of the 1920s, with Alison Hennegan, January-February 2023. Bookings are open

Sylvia Plath course: four-week course, February-March 2023. Bookings are open

Bloomsbury course 2: Art and Politics, with Karina Jakubowicz, March-April 2023. Bookings are open

Iris Murdoch and the Gothic, with Miles Leeson, April-May 2023. Bookings are open

Workshop: An Introduction to Writing Poetry: six weekly sessions with Mariah Whelan, April-June 2023. Bookings are open 

Doris Lessing: Women and Destiny, with Anne-Laure Brevet, September-October 2023. Bookings are open

Elizabeth von Arnim: Women and Freedom, with Isobel Maddison, November-December 2023. Bookings are open


Alumni can enjoy the discount student price for all eligible courses.