Reading Vampires, Ghosts, and Cemeteries: Gothic London

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Dr. Staci Stone, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, advocates for students, faculty, and staff to help them succeed through support and innovation. Staci is certified in experiential learning and has more than two decades of administrative and teaching experience. She has received numerous recognitions, including the Michael L. Basile Extraordinary Contribution to Internationalization Award, as well as NEH and Japanese Outreach Initiative grants. Her publications focus on British women writers, summer reading programs, and interdisciplinary teaching. She has taught abroad numerous times, accompanying students to London, Dublin, Prague, and South Korea. Her advanced degrees in English and Gender Studies are from the University of Alabama and the University of South Carolina. She is also a recent graduate of the HERS Leadership Institute.

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Reading Vampires, Ghosts, and Cemeteries: Gothic London

Program Dates:
Dec 26, 2024 – Jan 8, 2025

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

English , Literature

Course Description:

We will encounter vampires, ghosts, murder, and cemeteries--in Gothic literature and in person as we explore London. Readings by Stoker, Walpole, Keats, Mary Shelley, Coleridge, Rowling, and Stevenson will inform our adventures in Highgate Cemetery, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. In addition to exploring Jack the Ripper sites, we will experience Gothic architecture. If you enjoy sublime scenery and gruesome acts, join this journey through the Gothic tradition.

First-year composition (typically ENG 101/102 or the equivalent).

Physical Activity Requirements:
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Course Highlights:
  • Witness the eerie allure of Bram Stoker's Dracula brought to life in the heart of London's Gothic landscape.
  • Immerse yourself in Gothic ambiance through cathedral and castle architecture, as well as chilling sites like the Green Crematorium and the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities.
  • Roam through the streets of Highgate and Hampstead, where you'll encounter the haunting beauty of the Keats House Museum and the enigmatic allure of Highgate Cemetery, both steeped in the lore of Dracula.
  • Brave the shadows on a Jack the Ripper Walking Tour and a spine-chilling a Gothic play in the iconic West End.
  • Ring in the New Year with fireworks above Buckingham Palace.
  • The course is designed for any student who enjoys literature or needs an English course.