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.

Mapping Englishness: The Politics of Space and Place

Jeanette McVicker, Professor

This course invites students to explore the construction of Englishness, a complex identity rooted not only in history but in the spatial dynamics of language, landscape, architecture, and mapping.  Through readings by renowned writers such as Jeanette Winterson, Penelope Lively, Neil Giman, and Virginia Woolf (among others) and daily excursions in and around London-- including participation in the 27th annual conference on Virginia Woolf at the University of Reading-- students will experience the power of place in shaping national identity.

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

Please contact David Kaplin or Jeanette McVicker for additional information. 

Housing:Residence halls and hotels

Program Type: Faculty-Led

Course Dates: June 25 - July 11, 2017

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

Application Deadline: February 21, 2017

$150 Deposit Deadline: March 3, 2017

Course Fee Deadline: April 14, 2017  Click HERE to Pay ONLINE with electronic check or credit card.

Cost: 2017 Student Budget

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

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 Pay the COURSE FEE DEPOSIT ($150) with electronic check or credit card  online


Office of International Education

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State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
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