Literary London - Summer

Literary London

Fredonia’s Literary London Program offers six undergraduate or graduate credits through two fantastic courses tailored to the urban streets of and idyllic countryside surrounding one of the world’s most intriguing cities.  Students are immersed in central London for 16 days as they explore the city’s literary intersections.  Daily excursions bring the course material to life.  Smack in the middle of this time, students will this year embark on a three-day adventure to Glastonbury (the location of the fabled Avalon and Camelot), Avebury (an active town built in and around an ancient stone henge), and Bath (noted for its healing springs and Dickens’s disapproval).  Most evenings and a couple of days are wide open for students to plan their own experiences in London and beyond.

Time in London will also be allotted for general sightseeing so that students can experience attractions like the Tower of London, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the Harry Potter Museum.

Dickens and His City

David Kaplin, Associate Professor

"What inexhaustible food for speculation do the streets of London afford!" exclaims the Dickens's Sketches by Boz.  Indeed, Dickens knew every inch of every street of Victorian London because he walked them -- night and day -- for hours at a time, taking in the details of daily life from every social class and every neighborhood.  Our course retraces some of Dickens's steps, investigating extant and transformed sites from his life and works, especially Bleak House and his Sketches.  Informed by Alexander Welsh's The City of Dickens, F.S. Schwarzbach's Dickens and the City, and Jeremy Tambling's Going Astray: Dickens and London, we will explore London through the eyes of Dickens's characters to see how Victorian urbanization influences the goals, techniques, and politics of Dickensian realism.  Specific excursions include his house in Bloomsbury, Greenwich Observatory, and the enormous and gorgeous Victoria & Albert Museum, where we can see and turn the pages of Dickens’s original manuscript of Bleak House.

King Arthur & the Eternal Return of Empire

Shannon McRae, Professor

How are all the stories about King Arthur's wonderful imaginary kingdom also stories about the relationship between land, place, and power? We begin with early medieval British stories placing Arthur's kingdom within England's Roman past, and Celtic antecedents depicting the land as a goddess whom the king marries in order to rule. From there, we move to an in-depth study of Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur, and then focus on how the  revivals of that tradition in the 19th and 20th centuries reflected the specific social and historical concerns of their respective eras: Britain as the seat of Empire, the centrality of London within it, and the re-invention of rural England outside London as mythic space. The course includes guided excursions to Arthurian Britain, including the supposed locations of Avalon and Camelot, the Roman ruins in London, and trips to several major London Museums featuring permanent exhibitions of 19-century Arthurian-themed art.

These courses satisfy the required program electives for English majors, minors, and concentrators.

Please contact David Kaplin or Shannon McRae for additional information. 

Housing:Residence halls and hotels

Program Type: Faculty-Led

Course Dates: June 19 - July 6, 2016

Eligible Participants: Students in good academic standing and community members are welcome to apply.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

$150 Deposit Deadline: March 1, 2016

Course Fee Deadline: April 6, 2016  Click HERE to Pay ONLINE with electronic check or credit card.

Cost: 2016 Student Budget

Application: Submit an application and a copy of your transcripts to the Office of International Education 

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