Gain Core credit while you explore the vast cultural landscape of London
Excursions to Kent and Sussex let you step into the settings of some of Virginia Woolf’s most important works
Interact with local guest speakers
Navigate complex ideas of modernity, class, and the nation on-site
Learn more about Virginia Woolf here!
This program is primarily based in London, the largest city and capital of the United Kingdom. Legendary for its centuries of history and its immense cultural production; London today is one of the world’s largest financial centers and is home to four world heritage sites, over forty universities, and musical landmarks ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to Abbey Road Studios.
You will live in shared apartments in London. Welcome and Farewell Dinners are also included in the program fee.
You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to London and back.
Transportation on program-related field trips while in England is provided as part of the program fee.
- Course: ENGL 3300 (3) - Literary London
- Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
- Approved for: This course has been approved for the Upper-Division Literature & the Arts Core requirement. It also counts as an English elective for English majors.
- Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
- Course description coming soon!
This seminar on the work and life of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) uses the city of London to deepen and make concrete an understanding of this extraordinary author's body of work. You will have access to all of the most important literary sites related to Woolf's life (such as Monk's House, Charleston, Kew Gardens, Sissinghurst, and Knole), and you will be able to see up close the enormous impact of London and its environs on Woolf's work. The seminar will examine the ways that the city of London and its adjacent countryside come together in Woolf's complex vision of the English nation, its elaborate class hierarchy, and its storied history. Woolf herself believed that London was "the center of life itself," and this seminar seeks to illustrate how integral this belief is to an understanding of her literary geography.
The program is directed by Professor Jane Garrity. Professor Garrity is the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English. She has conducted archival research and has published extensively on Virginia Woolf, the Bloomsbury Group, and British Modernism. Professor Garrity has taught several seminars on the author and is a recipient of the Boulder Faculty Assembly’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She will select program participants, lead a pre-program orientation, lead the course while abroad, and act as resident director in London.
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The program schedule is relatively busy but when you are not in class or doing a group visit you will have time to explore London. Many site visits and guided tours are included. There will be day trips to Monk's House, Charleston Farmhouse, and Berwick Church.