English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

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Literary Oxford: Short Course

University of Oxford Campus

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Literary Oxford
July 14-20, 2019

Oxford comes alive in this course from the times of Chaucer to Tolkein. Add to that Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis and Evelyn Waugh. Lecturers will explore centuries of English literature through the lens of Oxford--through famous writings about the medieval town to the many renowned authors who lived, taught and dined in this university town. The week-long program includes lecture by Oxford Fellows (professors) and behind-the-scenes adventures at the Bodleian Library, Oxford Colleges and other local places that illustrate the literary history of Oxford.

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In Class at Oxford

Sample Course Schedule from 2018

July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20  July 21
Morning Arrival 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast
2:00-5:00pm
Arrival and Registration
9:00-10:30am
What is English?
Francis Leneghan 
9:00-10:30am
Old English and Old Norse: A Linguistic Conquest
Brian McMahon 
9:00-10:30am
Lecture TBA 
9:00-10:30am
Empire, Consumerism, and the English Language
Sandy Byrne 
9:00-10:30am
Writing and Reading Words in War-Time (seminar)
Lynda Mugglestone 
Departure
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
5:45-6:30pm
Orientation
11:00am-12:30pm
Divided by a Common Language?  
British and American English
 

David Grylls 
11:00am-12:30pm
Wrought in the Middle:  English Writing in the Later Medieval Period
Helen Appelton 
11:00am-12:30pm
 The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
 
Peter Gilliver
11:00am-12:30pm
The Future of English
Simon Horobin 
11:00am-12:30pm 
Lecture TBA 
7:15-7:45pm
Opening Repcetion
2:00-4:00pm
Oxford Walking Tour with Blue Badge Guides 
2:00-4:00pm
Visit:  Keble College 
2:00-4:00pm
Visit:  Ashmolean Museum 
2:00-4:00pm
Visit:  Weston & Bodleian Libraries  
7:15-7:45pm
Closing Reception 
7:45-8:45pm
Dinner 
6:30-7:30pm
Dinner 
6:30-7:30pm
Dinner 
6:30-7:30pm
Dinner 
6:30-7:30pm
Dinner 
7:45-9:15pm
Formal Dinner 


Museum Tour

PROGRAM COST

Program cost: $3,100 or $2,900 for early birds and teachers.

Includes:

  • Accommodation in Worcester College in a single room with an en-suite bathroom 
  • Half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • All excursions (including admission fees) featured on course schedule (schedule subject to change)

A deposit of $500 is required with registration and must be paid in full within two weeks of registration or the registrant will forfeit their spot in the program.  An invoice for the balance of the program cost is sent ten weeks prior to course.  The full balance is due within two weeks of receiving the invoice.

ESU TLab scholarships are not available for this program, but we encourage those interested to consult this fundraising guide. The ESU will supply letters of support for grant or scholarship applications. Email us at tlab@esuus.org for more information.

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Peter Gilliver lecturing on the Oxford English Dictionary

FEATURED FACULTY

  • Dr. Helen Appleton – Career Development Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford. Dr. Appleton's research focuses on pre- and post-conquest English literature.
  • Dr. Sandie Byrne – Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing. Teaching includes English Literature (1740-present), critical theory, and critical reading.
  • Peter Gilliver - Lexicographer and Associate Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and author of The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (2016).
  • David Grylls – Founding Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and Departmental tutor and book reviewer for the Sunday Times. His scholarly work has concentrated on the nineteenth century.
  • Prof. Simon Horobin – Professor of English Language and Literature; Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Research includes the history of the English language, especially in the Medieval period.
  • Dr. Francis Leneghan – Associate Professor of Old English and Non-Tutorial Fellow, with a research focus on intersections between politics, religion, and literature in Anglo-Saxon England.
  • Brian McMahon – Scholar and researcher of Old Norse Literature, focusing on the figure of the itinerant storyteller in eddic and saga literature.
  • Prof. Lynda Mugglestone - Fellow and Tutor in English Language and Literature, Professor of the History of English, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.  Prof. Mugglestone's teaching includes English language from Old English (1400 - present day).

Ducks on campus at Oxford

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONTACT HOURS

This course constitutes approximately 25 contact hours of professional development.  Participants who complete the course receive a certificate of attendance upon request.

TRAVEL AND HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS

Housing in Worcester College dormitories is included in the program cost.  Rooms are private accommodations with en-suite bathrooms.  Further details will be issued in joining instructions from Oxford closer to the program start date.

You are responsible for arranging your travel to and from the UK.  The ESU recommends you wait to purchase your plane ticket and book your accommodation until the course is confirmed (or, make insured and/or refundable arrangements).

You are responsible for travel insurance, which the ESU strongly suggests you purchase (with a clause allowing for program cancellation).

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Scholars on Campus

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Deadline: TBD in Spring, 2019.

  • Registration is non-competitive and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • A deposit of $500 is required with registration.  If deposit will be paid by check, registrant will be issued an invoice and the check must be received within two weeks of registration or the registrant will forfeit their spot.
  • Invoice will be issued ten weeks prior to course.
  • Balance will be due within two weeks of receiving the invoice.
  • Course is limited to 30 participants.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Refund Policy:  The deposit is non-refundable.  This course is non-refundable, unless the courses is cancelled, in which case deposit will be refunded in full.  If you are not able to attend the course due to emergency circumstances, you will be refunded minus an administration fee only if there is a waitlist applicant who will be able to attend the program in your place.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) and/or the University of Oxford reserves the right to change predetermined course schedules should it be necessary.  The ESU is not responsible for any entities that provide services during your course, including but not limited to the institution with which you are studying, housing, or accommodation facilities, airline, or other travel agencies.  In participating in this TLab-UK program you must agree to sign the ESU's Waiver and Release of Liability.

Completion of a registration form indicates commitment to attending the course and fulfilling any associated invoices.  Participants are billed ten weeks prior to program in US dollars, based on current exchange rates and including transaction fees.  Full balance is due from participants within two weeks of receipt of invoice.  Program cost is non-refundable.

You are responsible for medical insurance, some meals, travel, travel insurance, and incidentals.

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