Summer 2015: English Literary Landscapes

Location: Grantham, England

This page is for the English Literary Landscapes summer faculty-led program. For the semester Harlaxton College program, click here.

English Harlaxton group

Department: English

Dr. Randall Beebe (
Dr. Dana Ringuette (

: English

  Terms/Timeframe: Summer 2015 TBD

Language: English

  Credits: 6

Budget:Summer 2015


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
January 30, 2015
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form


Academic Program

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

Danielle Rogner's 2013 blog

Helen Plevka's 2013 blog

Activities / Itinerary (Summer 2014 Example)

Week 1:

Monday, 2 June

Arrive Heathrow International Airport
Transport to Harlaxton College

Tuesday, 3 June
Class meeting (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice)

Wednesday, 4 June

Class meeting (morning)
Field trip to Bakewell/Chatsworth

Thursday, 5 June
Class meeting (Charles Dickens, Hard Times - excerpts)

Week 2:

Monday, 9 June
Class meeting (Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights)
Field trip to Chesire
Possible outings: Quarry Bank Mill, Lyme Park House/Garden, People's History Museum (Manchester),
Manchester Police Museum

Tuesday, 10 June
Class meeting (Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights)

Wednesday, 11 June
Class meeting (Shakespeare)
Field trip to Haworth, Bronte Parsonage, walk on moors

Thursday, 12 June

Class meeting (Shakespeare)

Week 3:

Monday, 16 June

Class meeting (Wordsworth)
Field trip to Stratford-upon-Avon

Tuesday, 17 June
Class meeting (Wordsworth)
Field trip to Lake District, Grasmere (2 nights)

Wednesday, 18 June

Visit Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount, hike on Styckle Ghyll, the Coffin Trail

Thursday, 19 June
Class meeting (Ian McEwan, Atonement)

Week 4:

Monday - Wednesday, 23-25 June
Class meeting (WWI Poetry and Rebecca West, Return of the Soldier)
Field trip to Dover (Dover: the cliffs, Dover Castle, "Secret Wartime Tunnels," possibly ferry across the
channel, walk around Calais (the Citadel, Fort Risban, Fort Nieulay, beach, war and fine arts museum)
OR Dunkirk (Memorial du Souvenir/Operation Dynamo and Malo Beach)

Thursday, 26 June
Class meeting (WWI Poetry and Rebecca West, Return of the Soldier)

Week 5:

Monday, 30 June
Depart Harlaxton
Arrive London (2 night stay at St. Giles Hotel)

Tuesday, 1 July

Attend Globe Theatre performance of Shakespeare

Wednesday, 2 July
Depart Heathrow International Airport


Undergraduate options:
ENG 3010G (3 cr)
ENG 3970 (3 cr)

Graduate option:
ENG 5997 (6 cr)

Honors option:
ENG 3090G (3 cr)

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!


Harlaxton College provides room & board for the entire stay in England, and the staff arranges accommodations for all class trips and travel.

Harlaxton Manor, your home for the month!


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.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

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. **