Literary London

Important Info

Application and Fee Deadline:  March 1, 2014.

Payment Deadline: March 15, 2014

Approximate Program Fee:  $2900 plus tuition and fees (appr. $1500 in-state for undergrads, $2420 for grads).  Students can apply for financial aid.

The program cost covers round-trip airfare from Buffalo to London, all travel costs in England, all fees for museums and excursions, dorm costs, and daily breakfast and dinner.   Applications are available in the International Studies Office in LoGrasso Hall, and can be downloaded from the International Education website here.

The London Program provides students with the opportunity to study in London with two faculty members. The program involves two separate courses, one on Women Writers whose work focuses on London and a second course that varies each year.  Past courses have included Postcolonial Studies in London, and  Major Author study of Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens. The two-week course involves daily discussion sections and outings to study archival materials and related historical, art and design exhibits in London museums. Students will also take day trips to various locations, such as Oxford and Stonehenge, and have a chance to live and study in the heart of Bloomsbury.

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Literary London: Mapping Englishness

July 11-July 27, 2014

The London Program features two separate courses for undergraduates and graduate students, and a variety of content-related learning experiences in central London.

ENGL 404.01/520.01 Dickens and His City
Assistant Professor David Kaplin

The narrator of Dickens’s Sketches by Boz explains, “What inexhaustible food for speculation do the streets of London afford!” This course will take advantage of our stay in London by focusing on the extant landmarks of Dickens’ life and literary works. Informed by texts such as Alexander Welsh’s The City of Dickens and F.S. Schwarzbach’s Dickens and the City, the course will explore London through the eyes of his principle characters and investigate how urbanization influences the goals, techniques, and politics of realist representation.


ENGL 404.02/520.01 Mind the Map: London Then and Now
Professor Adrienne McCormick

This course features literary texts that examine the intersections of time and space in London Then and Now. The authors explore time in order to position their characters in dynamic spaces that unsettle cultural, temporal, and locational difference and distance. Their narratives reimagine the role that space and time ply in organizing understandings of self and other in London’s contemporary cultural geography. How are past, present, and future simultaneous in culture, memory, and place? How do time and place affect our ability to connect with others? The course includes imaginings of Roman, Medieval, and 17th Century London, as well as the turn of the 20th century, the aftermaths of WWI and WWII, and contemporary cosmopolitan London.

Excursions of interest feature an angel tour at Highgate Cemetery, research on Roman London and militant suffragists at the Museum of London, review of Dickens manuscripts at the National Art Library, housed within the Victoria and Albert Museum, and related exhibits at the British Library, the British Museum, and the Docklands Museum. Time in London will also be allowed for general sightseeing, so that students can experience the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London and the like.

Please contact Adrienne McCormick for additional information.


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