The Literary London program features two separate courses for undergraduate students, and a variety of content-related learning experiences in central London. Excursions may include some of the following:
|Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
||Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
|The Docklands Museum
||Day trips to Stonehenge, Oxford, and Canterbury
All participants will take both classes for a total of six credits.
Tentative Travel Itinerary
|ENG 395: London Now and Then: Maps and Migrations (3-credit hours) Instructor: Adrienne McCormick
|Taught in London as a study abroad experience, the course examines its content using interdisciplinary approaches rooted in the resources of the city of London. This course explores how contemporary writers, mostly poets, mostly based in London, manipulate themes of time, travel, and belonging to explore London as a dynamic space that can be mapped culturally and temporally, as well as spatially. How do people move into and out of London and its complex histories? How do poets and writers generally grapple with these questions? How do we experience the space of London as richly layered in time? How has migration impacted London, and how have writers responded to and represented migration? Writers we will study include Bernardine Evaristo, Daljit Nagra, Ruth Padel, Tamar Yoseloff, Hannah Lowe, Patience Agbabi, Warsan Shire and Ali Smith, and several of these writers will visit our classroom to discuss their work.
|ENG 360: Pirates, Prototypes and the Americas in the British Imagination (3-credit hours) Instructor: Roberta Hurtado
During the early modern period, English privateers and merchants traveled throughout the Americas straining to gain opportunities for financial gain. As part of these ventures, travel narratives emerged as arenas in which strategic information was disseminated to assist in the gradual take over of different Caribbean and North American locations. These narratives also attempted to justify this activity by forming what would become known as the “Black Legend.” Within these narratives, prototypes emerged for what would become sociosexual geo-racialized stereotypes in both the British and Anglo-U.S. cultural imagination, contributing to what Anibal Quijano describes as a “coloniality of power.” In this course, we explore travel narratives from the early modern period as they both mapped and imagined the Americas for the English imagination. Utilizing the streets of London, we will conceptualize what it means to be a foreign visitor to a previously-unknown terrain and what it means to both document that place and its people as well as inform your own cultural community about the benefits it has to offer. We will consider the kinds of details travel narratives held and must hold; the ways that such narratives constructed what the Americas would look like for their readers; and the kinds of trajectories they created for English-“American” relations in the years to come. Excursions around London, such as trips to the British Museum, will provide opportunities to witness the long lasting impact of the international trading, theft, and cultural transmissions that resulted from this earlier period and travel narratives.
Housing and Meals
|Thursday, June 21
||Depart US overnight flight to London Heathrow Airport
|Friday, June 22
||Morning arrival in London Heathrow Airport. Meet at accommodations. Evening activity to be determined.
|Saturday, June 23
||Free day to explore the city on your own.
|Sunday, June 24
||Day trip to Stonehenge.
|Monday, June 25
||Morning Orientation provided by a CAPA representative. Afternoon group visit to the Tower of London.
|Tuesday, June 26
||Morning class. Break for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Docklands.
|Wednesday, June 27
||Morning class. Break for lunch. Afternoon visit to the British Museum. Evening free.
|Thursday, June 28
||Morning class with a visit from Tamar Yoseloff, Formerly. Break for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit. Late afternoon walk to Harrod's. Rest of the evening free.
|Friday, June 29
||Morning class. Break for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Museum of Immigration. Evening free: Recommended: Explore East London, Brick Lane and Spitalfields.
|Saturday, June 30
||Free day to explore the city on your own. CAPA will provide information on things to do.
|Sunday, July 1
||Performance at the Globe Theatre.
|Monday, July 2
||Morning departure for day trip to Oxford to include guided walking tour, mini-tour of the Divinity School, Bodleian Library and access to Christ Church, Exeter or another college of guide's choice. Group dinner at a local pub and then return by evening train to London.
|Tuesday, July 3
||Morning class to include a visit from a poet. Break for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Museum of London and Guildhall Art Gallery, Roman Amphitheatre ruins. Evening free.
|Wednesday, July 4
||Morning class. Break for lunch. Afternoon class visit to Dennis Severs' House.
|Thursday, July 5
||Morning class. Classroom visit with poet. Late afternoon visit to the Migration Museum Project. Evening free.
|Friday, July 6
||Morning class wrap up and workshop. Break for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Greenwich Royal Observatory. Evening free.
|Saturday, July 7
||Free day to explore Portobello Road Market or Camden Town Market or take in the Tate Britain.
|Sunday, July 8
||Morning coach to Heathrow Airport for departure.
Students will be housed in CAPA housing with shared accommodation. Each apartment will have a kitchen, bathroom and living room with television, wireless Internet connection, weekly light cleaning service, all utilities and linens. Accommodation will only be available during the program dates. Students will receive a daily breakfast and dinner stipend.
Students are required to read all books prior to the start of the program and bring all books to London. Students can use actual books or ebooks, but must have the books available while abroad. Sharing with other students is also allowed (if previously agreed upon).
||The Emperor's Babe. ISBN: 978-0142001714
||Refugee Tales. ISBN-13-9781910974230
||British Museum. ISBN-13: 978-0571333738 (release date May 18, 2017, so may only be available in hardcover).
||The Mara Crossing. ISBN 978-0701185558. (order online)ments/OurMen.pdf
||Our Men Do Not Belong To Us (online): https://www.poetryfoundation.org/uploads/documents/OurMen.pdf
||Swing Time. ISBN-13: 9781524723194
||Formerly. Order at: https://herculeseditions.wordpress.com/portfolio/formerly/
||Ormonde. Order at: https://herculeseditions.wordpress.com/portfolio/ormonde/
||Additional readings for ENG 395 and ENG 360 provided electronically
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
- March 15th: $250 deposit due
- May 15th: Program balance due
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com) as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at email@example.com for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.