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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: May Intensive
  • Restrictions: Bentley applicants only
  • COST (click here): May Intensive
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Intensive 2018 01/31/2018 02/01/2018 05/14/2018 05/27/2018
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Eligibility: Undergraduate Faculty Leader: Hanzel-Snider, Zachary
Credits/Typical Courseload: 3 Prerequisite: Instructor permission required
Program Advisor: Christine Hollenhorst Earle and Sloan Travel Fellowship Available: Yes
International Citizens Group Study Abroad Scholarship Available: Yes
Program Description:
LIT 3900: Mad Men (and Women) of British Lit is a literature survey course that focuses on classic novellas and plays that characterize London as a beautiful yet maddening city. We’ll study the history of mentally unbalanced literary characters in ‘The Big Smoke’ and through textual discussion, site visits around London, and short literary analysis papers, we’ll chronicle these characters’ descents into madness. This literature spans nearly 400 years of ‘madness,’ featuring an asylum of famous iconic characters whose plights in London have affected the history of the city itself, as well as the literary movements of which they were a part. These movements include the Elizabethan Age, the Victorian Era, Gothic Lit, and Postmodernism; by studying these fictions and ‘factions,’ we will discuss their creative forms, techniques, styles, genres, thematic and social issues, and subtle elements of autobiography, as well as investigate why reading about monsters, serial killers, fantasists, temptresses, stalkers, and evildoers is such a guilty pleasure. Moreover, each literary work that we’ll study will be paired with trips around London, to specific historical and cultural sites that are referenced in the stories.

Click here for a sample syllabus and itinerary:
LIT 3900_London_Syllabus.pdf
LIT 3900_London_Itinerary.pdf

Please contact Professor Zachary Hanzel-Snider for more details.