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Summer Course: “Lewis Carroll in Oxford”

The University of Oxford (UK) offers several summer courses in 2020, among which “Lewis Carroll in Oxford”.

The summer course is a one-week course and part of The Oxford Experience, a residential summer programme aimed at non-specialists.

During this course, the participants will discuss the real people and places behind the “Alice in Wonderland” story, look in detail at some of the many facets of this famous tale, and see how this work of imagination has been interpreted and reimagined over the last 150 years.


Each weekday morning there are seminars. The afternoons are free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the city and its surroundings.

  • Monday: Charles Dodgson, Lewis Carroll, and Alice Liddell – Dodgson’s early life, his life at Christ Church as scholar and photographer, and his friendship with the Liddell family.
  • Tuesday: Walking tour following the famous boating trip to Binsey, Godstow Nunnery, and the Trout Inn, reading and discussing passages from Alice in Wonderland.
  • Wednesday: Alice’s Adventures – the ‘golden afternoon’ and a detailed look at passages in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
  • Thursday: Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – their publication, illustration, and reception. Field trip to the Trout Inn, Godstow.
  • Friday: After Alice – Lewis Carroll’s other works, his later life, and how Alice has been adapted and interpreted over the last 150 years.

Course details

Date: Sunday 05 July – Saturday 11 July 2020
Location: Christ Church, Oxford (UK)
Costs: £1605
Application: between 30 September 2019 and 1 May 2020

More information can be found on the course page.

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