Global London: Literature in the World’s Cultural Capital

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Jane Wessel is an assistant professor of English at Austin Peay State University, where she specializes in eighteenth-century literature, drama, and theatre history. She has taught undergraduate and MA courses including Introduction to Drama, British Literature I & II, World Literature, Composition, English Drama 1580-1780, Approaches to Literature, Satire, and Shakespearean Adaptation. She is currently working on a book on literary property and the eighteenth-century theatres -- a project that has taken her to archives throughout England, including the British Library and V&A. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Theatre Survey , The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation , and Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700.

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Global London: Literature in the World’s Cultural Capital

Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 8, 2019

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
ENGL 290 / 339

English Language and Literature

Course Description:
With an influx of immigrants from former British colonies, London has become one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In this course, we will explore London through literature of England and its former colonies. As we read these works, we will experience multicultural London firsthand, connecting the literature we are reading to the geographic locations and the cultural communities within London it represents. Along the way, we’ll take a backstage tour of the Globe Theatre, climb to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and take a portkey to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

First-year composition requirements. If students wish to register for the upper-level option, they must have completed at least one lower-level literature course.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Participants should be prepared for 4-5 miles of walking each day, primarily within London.

Course Highlights:
A course focused on London’s relationship to the world, studying literature and history from the global enlightenment to today’s multicultural city As we study global influences on British literature, we will also experience food, music, arts, and culture from around the globe Lower- or upper-level course, open to all majors Course can be used as a core literature course for non-English majors Course can be counted as an upper-level elective for English majors