This page is for the English Literary Landscapes summer faculty-led program. For the semester Harlaxton College program, click here.
This course is an opportunity for students of all majors to read and discuss some of England’s most admired writers while resident in the British Midlands at Harlaxton Manor, a 100-room nineteenth-century manor house owned and operated by the University of Evansville as its British campus. Regular class meetings will be devoted to close reading of the assigned material and placement of it in socio-historical context. Supplementary weekly visits to literary sites will give students the opportunity to experience firsthand the landscapes that the assigned writers have made famous. Writers include Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Emily Bronte, Thomas Hardy, and Virginia Woolf. Students will see a Shakespeare play at London’s new Globe Theatre, as well as visit sites of cultural importance, such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Gallery, Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s. Students will also have ample opportunity to travel on weekends to sites of their own choice.
This is a GATEWAY to all of Europe! You can get almost anywhere very quickly and relatively inexpensively. After coming back, I feel confident that I can travel by myself anywhere in the world. --Rachel Raper, Summer 2011 participant
A great mesh of formal education through texts and interaction with the environment in which they had been written. -Eric Bachelder, Summer 2010 participant
While traveling through England, we saw the countryside and landscape described in many novels, including the ones we were assigned and ones I've read before. It helped me to understand the literature and the feelings of the characters in the novels. –Stephanie Drozd, past participant
Activities / Itinerary (Sample from Summer 2012)
Wednesday, 11 June
After Your Trip:
Harlaxton College provides room & board for the entire stay in England, and the staff arranges accommodations for all class trips and travel.
At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.
Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.
The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.
Harlaxton College is wonderfully equipped for the foreign student—especially those new to travel abroad—to keep students informed about health and safety risks involved in foreign travel. Travel warnings by the US and British governments are routinely published at Harlaxton and related to students there. Harlaxton’s orientation sessions for new students are well-crafted to help students minimize risks. Orientation sessions will occur on campus prior to students leaving, and once there, students will take a mandatory orientation session provided by Harlaxton.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **