Is Shakespeare the greatest writer to have ever lived? What makes a piece of literature worthy of the canon? Should there be a literary canon at all? The Immerse English Literature (16-18) programme asks you to carefully consider what makes great literary works stand out from the rest, but also to question their value and categorisation. By taking this step back, you will have a new framework to analyse, interpret and discuss some of the most renowned literary works, whilst spending two weeks in the historic city of Cambridge.read more
Read and discuss everything from classical prose to contemporary verse
Understand historical context, trends, and movements that have defined literature
Develop personal writing, whilst building strong editing and analytical skills
Experience authentic student life in University of Cambridge colleges
Interactive learning in small groups (av: 1:7) from expert university tutors
Meet other motivated high school students from all over the world
This module considers what the purpose of literature is, and hence, what the role of literary criticism is. It does so by examining how individuals and societies have interpreted literature from the days of Aristotle to the present day. By the end of this module, you will have crafted your very own manifesto of literary criticism.
This module invites you to analyse how two key poets, John Milton and T. S. Eliot, used poetry to engage with Biblical stories and themes. Specifically, you’ll be asked to evaluate how Milton and Eliot’s poetry enabled provocative philosophical debates on heroism, government, and hope.
In this topic, you will consider how literary structures, and physical formats of books and prints, influence their meaning. Study three different textual forms: a sonnet; an excerpt from a young children’s book from the 1780s; and a selection of texts from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence.
This session will focus on the presentation of your final projects and a discussion regarding presentation, following some analysis of famous historical speeches. The discussion will encourage you to ask questions about formal essayistic structures and ask for individual feedback on your work.
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During this English Literature (16-18) programme you will:
All projects are supported by your expert academic tutors, and can take the form of an essay, presentation or practical project. The project reaches its pinnacle when you present your project to your academic peers and tutors at the end of the programme.
It’s an incredible opportunity to develop your independent research skills and specialist subject knowledge.
A tangible and highly valued takeaway from the Immerse academic programmes is the written participant feedback that our expert tutors write for each of their students.
This an incredibly useful insight into your performance during the programme and provides recommendations as to how you can develop your understanding of your chosen subject beyond the summer school.
Cambridge is internationally renowned for its beautiful college architecture and its prestigious and rich history. You will live and study in your own individual room in one of the following Cambridge University colleges.
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Complete the form to receive a copy of the Syllabus Overview, which includes detailed example topics that you will learn during your time in Cambridge. Each topic is carefully selected by our expert tutors to provide a challenging and stimulating academic programme.