Study Abroad - London

National Portrait Gallery - 2011

Summer 2017: London and Its Literature

Have you ever wanted to witness one of Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Playhouse? Make your own pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral like Chaucer’s character? See the Elgin Marbles that inspired Keats’ poetry? Retrace the steps of Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf around London? This three-week summer course will give you the opportunity to do all this and more.

“London and Its Literature” will look at several influential works of English literature across several periods in the context of the city where they were written, performed, or set. The premise of this class is that London is more than a setting or a source for multiple literary works; it is a set of physical locations and repositories of material culture that might crucially inform the way we study English literature. This is an opportunity to experience the cultural contexts for English literature in ways not possible in a traditional classroom. We will spend three weeks in London during the summer where will meet in a classroom at University College and at various sites around the city and beyond. Students will stay at University College, centrally located in the heart of London.

The course will be open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in this unique opportunity, contact Mark Bayer (; MB 2.352; 458-6885).

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