UNITED KINGDOM: SPRING 3-WEEK; APRIL-MAY, 2019
Paul Gaffney, Professor of English
THEA/ENGL 29500: The English in Shakespeare’s Plays (1 credit hour during Spring 12-week session, 2017)
INTD 29500: The English in Shakespeare’s Plays (3 credit hours during Spring 3-week session, 2017)
This program will study how Britain appears in Shakespeare’s plays while also looking at how Shakespeare’s plays appear in Britain, including England, Scotland, and Wales. Several plays will match travel and viewing opportunities, concentrating on how Shakespeare pictured his home island in his history plays, his tragedies, and even in his comedies. Through travel, reading, and watching participants will reflect on how Shakespeare’s plays helped to define and shape the language he used and the country he loved. Expect to also see how Shakespeare has continued to be important to the development of British identity since his time.
Most sites being visited will be associated with William Shakespeare, both places he lived and places he wrote about, all over Britain.
The overseas program will begin in the walled Tudor city of Chester, near the Welsh border. Next, the group will explore a remote corner of the English Midlands as we live in the countryside that inspired As You Like It and other Shakespearean pastoral works.
Stratford-upon-Avon will open to us not only Shakespeare’s birthplace and grave, but lesser-known sites of his life, and of course the Royal Shakespeare Company.
We will take a several-day excursion to Scotland, then dedicate more than a week to the bustling city of London and its amazing theater world.
Other excursions will include places like Brighton and Dover, with its castle and white cliffs.
All students on the trip must enroll in “The English of Shakespeare’s Plays,” a one-credit-hour introduction course, during the Spring 2017 12-Week session. Students are responsible for obtaining a passport, passport fees, and personal expenses.
- Estimated Costs: $3,600 above tuition, room and board. Costs include round trip airfare, housing, meals, entrance fees and tips. Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.
- Application Deadline: October 7, 2018; A $75 non-refundable fee is due upon receipt of your application. This fee is used to pay for processing costs, an International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.