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Literary England and Scotland Trip Still Open

By Amanda Morad | January 7, 2014

Hadrian's Wall at Greenhead Lough in the United Kingdom. Students will visit the site during the June 15-25 study abroad trip.

This summer, Regent University's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), alongside the Office of Global Affairs, will host a Study Abroad trip to London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; and several other sites important to British literature.

From June 15-25, 2014, students will explore places like Oxford, Haworth, York, the Lake Country, and the Borderlands, visiting historic sites and taking guided, educational tours of important cathedrals, castles and colleges.

Registration for the trip is open until April 11, 2014, or until the maximum number of students has been reached. The cost without class credit is $1600. However, a special topics literature course will be offered as an option in conjunction with the trip. English 475, "Literary England and Scotland," will be taught on site and online by trip leader and CAS professor, Dr. Peter Fraser.

"We want our students to understand that great literature always springs from a particular soil in a particular time," Fraser said. "We want that understanding to add richness to how our students read now and in the future. Perhaps it will also encourage them to embrace the experiences that have given rise to their own unique voices as well."

The course is designed to promote an awareness of the historical and cultural environment that gave rise to the work of several major British and Scottish literary figures. Students will read selections from Shakespeare, the Brontes, Wordsworth, Waugh, Lewis, Tolkien, Burns, Stevenson, Scott, Barrie and Macdonald.

Participants can expect to visit places like Westminster Abbey, the Globe Theater, St. Paul's Cathedral, the British Museum, Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh Castle, Loch Ness, Tantallon Castle, Yorkminster Cathedral and Magdalen College at Oxford.

"There is a vast difference between seeing a Shakespeare play performed locally and seeing it on stage at the Globe in London, the theater Shakespeare actually designed himself," Fraser explained. "Likewise Walter Scott's historical romances set in the borderlands create much more resonance when you are actually standing near Hadrian's Wall in those exact locations and feeling the remote expansiveness of the land."

The trip is being offered to on-campus and online students. It may also be taken without the coursework by family members and friends interested in the cultural experience if space is available.

Learn more and register for the trip.


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