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London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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|Area of Studies:||English||Featured Programs by Department:||English|
|Minimum GPA Requirement:||2.5||Faculty Leader(s):||Ciasullo, Ann|
|Program Type:||Faculty-Led||Academic Level:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Housing Options:||Dorm|
Program OverviewSpend five weeks learning and living in London, England. Study British literature and culture and fulfill Gonzaga elective or English major requirements. Literary London is open to all students, regardless of major.
We will explore London and beyond through course-related excursions. Class activities are typically scheduled Tuesday through Thursday. Enjoy four-day weekends when your own interests can guide your explorations.
LocationIt’s easy to see what would prompt Samuel Johnson to say, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Over two hundred years later, his statement may ring even more true (except, of course, that we think women should be included, too). London is one of the world’s great capitals, a center of finance, fashion, education, and the arts. With a history that extends back two millennia, London nevertheless is as cutting edge as its new landmark, the Shard of Glass.
A cosmopolitan city since at least the seventeenth century, today it is truly multicultural, with over a third of its population originating from overseas. The last hundred years has seen the arrival of thousands from the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, the Mediterranean, the Far East, and Eastern Europe, all of whom play an integral part in defining a metropolis that is unmatched in its sheer diversity.
The history of Britain lives on in the city, and visitors can see it in such famous sites as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. But by living in the city for several weeks, we also experience it by walking through gardens that used to be royal hunting grounds, exploring Victorian cemeteries, or having a pint in an Eighteenth-Century pub. There are incomparable museums to show us England’s and the world’s history and art, but there is also a living city that is producing art – that is art – every minute of the day. Where else could one tour the Tate Modern, walk along the Thames and hear the buskers and watch sand sculptors, and end at Shakespeare’s Globe to see some of the greatest living stage actors make four-hundred-year-old plays imminently relevant?
As a student in this program, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know not just London’s famous sites, but the city itself. You will be able to find your own London – the one that speaks your language in more than the obvious way. We promise, you’ll never be bored.
Course and Schedules:English 342: The Victorian Era: London and the Victorian Literary Imagination (3 credits), Dr. Ingrid Ranum
London was a colossus astride the nineteenth-century world—the largest city on earth and the commercial center of an economic and political empire. During the century, London became the home of the world’s first subway, of an expanding and purpose-driven park system, and of iconic architectural achievements such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. But London was also a kind of monstrosity. It saw unprecedented population growth, from around a million inhabitants in 1801 to over six million a century later. Growth and technology led to over-crowding, pollution, and a kind of urban desperation. Writers were necessarily influenced by this dynamic city at the cultural center of their nation. In Victorian literature, London sometimes appears as the capital of progress, but more often as a nightmare landscape of modern alienation. In this course we will explore London literally and literarily, reading the city and/in texts by a variety of writers whose visions it shaped, such as Charles Dickens, Alice Meynell, Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
English 466: Literary and Cultural Studies: London as Text (3 credits), Dr. Ann Ciasullo
In his essay “Walking in the City,” cultural critic Michel de Certeau asserts that the city, like a book or a poem, is a text worthy of study. He argues that a city is defined by its space, its systems, and its subjects, and that by examining these three aspects of any city, we come to understand it better. In this course, our task will be to take up de Certeau’s challenge by studying London itself as our primary text. Beginning our exploration with Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, we will then read some key texts in cultural studies that will help us situate ourselves as critical readers of London’s museums, parks, and stores, as well as its art, architecture, literature, cultures, and subcultures. Assignments will include reflective journal entries and analytical essays on the various places and spaces that constitute London as a text.
Housing and Meals:Student will live in a residences hall while in London with WiFi and access to cooking and laundry facilities.
Cost:Summer (click on the link)