London General Program Information
Summer Study in London: Imagining the Medieval City
May 15 – June 2, 2014
The city itself will be our principle textbook as we explore British modernism and seek to better understand the influence of Empire on contemporary Anglo-American culture. The program begins with two intensive preparatory class sessions on the U of L campus (May 15-16) before departing for London (May 18), where students will spend two weeks (May 19-June 2) studying at the IES London Center in the heart of the historic Bloomsbury district.
Program features include:
- Central housing and study sites
- Day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon
- Walking tours of London
- Visits to Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the City of London, the Inns of Court, the Tower of London, the British Museum and other sites
- Guest lectures by local experts
ENGL 599: Empire and Modernism— 3 credits
It has been said that British Modernism is a literary movement by exiles and immigrants. This course will put that thesis to the test by examining literature about London from 1900 to 1950. We’ll begin with short theoretical essays on cosmopolitanism and urban life that will help contextualize the unique experience of the modern city within English history and underscore the importance of London as a metropole--that is, the administrative seat of empire (by Raymond Williams, Georg Simmel, Fredric Jameson, and others). Next, we’ll survey English literature at the beginning of the century by canonical modernist. Finally, we’ll look on responses to Metropolitan Modernism by immigrant writers. Literary readings will be paired with relevant sites in and around London like British Museum, the British Library, the Tate Modern, among others. For instance, we’ll discuss the Bloomsbury Group in depth and pay a visit to Charleston, their country home in Sussex.
Readings will be drawn from the following: Oscar Wilde’s Salome; selected Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Wyndham Lewis’s avant-garde little magazine Blast; Virginia Woolf’s essays about London life and Mrs. Dalloway; Jean Rhys’s novel about a West Indian chorus girl adrift in the city, Voyage in the Dark; Mary Butts’s scathing critique of the Bloomsbury Group and short stories about occultism and urban life; T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land; Elizabeth Bowen’s blitz novel, The Heat of the Day; and Sam Selvon’s novel of Caribbean immigrant life, The Lonely Londoners.
Housing and Meals
Students will live in a modern residence hall in the King’s Cross neighborhood in central London (transport zone 1). Each student will have a private room in a two bedroom suite that includes kitchen and bathroom facilities. Students will also have access to indoor and outdoor common areas.
Meals are not included in the program fee. In addition to cooking meals in the residence hall kitchens, students may choose from an abundance of inexpensive restaurants and cafes in the Bloomsbury, Russell Square, and King’s Cross neighborhoods.
The program fee ($3,800) includes tuition, housing, airfare, and on-site activities. Additional costs include meals, transportation to and from the airport, a required cell phone, and incidental expenses. A complete estimated cost of attendance is available online [link to be added].
Excursions and Activities
The program fee includes a variety of activities, from punting on the Thames to attending theater productions. Among them are a bus tour of London, a trip to the British Library, walking tours of the City of London, Southwark, Canterbury, and Oxford, and visits to historic sites such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the Globe Theatre.
The program fee includes tuition, housing, airfare, and on-site activities. Additional costs include meals,
transportation to and from the airport, a required cell phone, and incidental expenses. A complete estimated cost of attendance is available online [link to be added].
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Students who enroll for an additional 3 credit hours during a regular on-campus summer term will be considered fulltime summer students and may become eligible for financial aid. Most University of Louisville financial aid and scholarships can be applied to tuition, fees, and expenses associated with the program. Graduate students whose assistantships cover summer tuition will receive their standard waiver. For information on your aid eligibility, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
The program is open to University of Louisville sophomores, juniors, and seniors who meet the following criteria:
- completed ENGL 101 or instructor permission
- good academic and disciplinary standing
- cumulative GPA of 2.7