International Summer School


Session 1

*** MODULE NOW FULL *** Popular Literature in English: Children’s Literature
Module Code: IS058
Level: 5
Field trip fee: £90
2017 Syllabus [PDF]
From studying work by Kingsley and Carroll to that of Dahl, Rowling and Pullman, you will find that social anxieties about children have always been pivotal. In this module you trace the development of British children’s literature, examining the ways in which literary representations of children and for children correspond to changes in our cultural understanding of childhood. We will also take two field trips: one to the V and A Museum of Childhood in London and the other to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.

Session 2

Love, Sex and Death: English Renaissance Tragedy
Module Code: IS252
Level: 5
Field trip fee: £70 
2017 Syllabus [PDF]
The Elizabethan and Jacobean periods in English history were periods of enormous religious and social upheaval. Written against this background of social unrest, the ‘Renaissance Tragedies’ are some of the most astonishing and memorable dramatic works ever written. In their seemingly persistent overturning and perversion of all social niceties, in their insistence upon violence, cruelty, bloodletting and illicit sexual activity, they can still shock us today. You will study four of the best-known and most enduringly popular of these tragedies, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling, and Tourneur’s The Revenger’s Tragedy. We will be examining them from a range of critical viewpoints, including psychological literary critical theory, feminist and gender theory, ideology and religion, and politics and the relations of power, asking how the plays may reflect contemporary early-modern anxieties and preoccupations. There will be a field trip to the new Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, which is a reproduction of one of the first indoor theatres, and which will allow you to experience what it meant to be a playgoer in Jacobean London.