This 3-6 credit abroad program will take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with British literature, Shakespeare’s work and his continued influence. We will explore London, its cultural sites and theater to help us understand medieval through the modernist periods literary history and how Shakespeare grew from a poet, to a commodity, to a legacy to this day.
We will also spend time in Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of the internationally renown Royal Shakespeare Company, to see performances and tour Shakespeare’s city and its attractions. Aside from theaters and historical sites, we visit British cultural institutions, see original publications of Shakespeare’s work, speak with theatrical and scholarly professionals. In addition to the plays, we will visit a number of museums, historical sites, and London neighborhoods to broaden our understanding of English literary history and Shakespeare’s enduring importance as he is repacked and repurposed from everything to films to coffee mugs to comic books.
The Shakespeare course can be enrolled as either a 2000-level or 4000-level course and British Literary Traditions fulfills a core requirement. Students may take one or two of the course offerings. The other course possibility, Special Topics, is for students who have already taken Shakespeare or who hope to satisfy a specific requirement and who want to use their experience to study at a higher level. Apply and learn more.