Summer in Oxford. Or, Even More Reasons for Being an English Major.
Princeton's junior English Majors have a spectacular opportunity for next summer.
We’re delighted to announce that we are in the third year of our Princeton in Oxford Summer Program for rising seniors. What this means is that during summer 2014 a small number of rising seniors will win fellowships to Oxford University to work on their senior thesis with a Princeton English professor, take a class with an Oxford professor that will count towards the Departmental requirements, and experience first-hand Oxford’s libraries and colleges.
Fellows will go punting on the Thames, eat cream teas on the High St, and visit "Addison's Walk," the garden that inspired C.S. Lewis to create Narnia. They’ll take side-trips to see theater and art in London and to see Shakespeare’s plays performed in Stratford-on-Avon.
All in all, this could be the highlight of your years as an English Major.
For summer 2014, the Oxford Bread Loaf fellowships are an all-expenses-paid award.
Applications due by email to Professor Sophie Gee on Monday, December 30, 2013.
Nuts and Bolts: The program has two parts: you’ll enroll in a six-week course through the Bread Loaf School of English at Oxford, and you’ll receive one-on-one advising and direction on senior thesis research by a member of our full-time Princeton faculty.
The Bread Loaf School of English, established by Middlebury College in 1920, is the preeminent summer program for literary studies offered by an American college or university. Princeton students take one course, which counts toward the Departmental requirements. A very broad range of classes in British literature is offered, with additional offerings in transatlantic and postcolonial literature to give the course wide appeal.
The main point of the program is to connect students’ course work at Oxford with a unique opportunity to do original thesis research under the close guidance of a member of our faculty. To this end, students will participate in a weekly proseminar, which will complement their summer curriculum with hands-on instruction for research methods for working in archives, strategies for developing an argument, and ways of using source material in the thesis.
You don’t need to have a topic ready to apply to the program. It’s fine to develop a topic while you getting started on research in Oxford.
The real cost of the program is $10,320. The English Department Fellowships will cover all costs, including airfare.
Applications are due by email to Prof. Sophie Gee on Monday, December 30, 2013 and students will be notified of awards by the end of January as places must be held in the program.
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