Live in Literature at Alnwick Castle (United Kingdom) | Faculty-led Program
We will live and study in a one-thousand-year-old castle, exploring the connection between early English literature and the environment of Northeast England and the castle (which also happens to be the location where Harry Potter was filmed). We will read ancient literary texts and bring that literature to life by placing it in an environment, alongside art, architecture, landscape, and the original manuscripts written hundreds of years ago. Furthermore, by touching, feeling, seeing, and experiencing the places and objects connected to the literature, students may be able to see the works as dynamic, mysterious, and human.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in history, and it just so happens to be the location where Harry Potter was filmed (you can learn to ride a broomstick if you’d like). Are you sold yet?
Students will be introduced to the following foundational topics:
- Medieval/Renaissance British History and Culture
- History of the English language
- The technology of book production in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
- Genres and styles of Medieval and Renaissance literature
With that background, the focus of the course is literature and place and we will connect literature and place in several key ways:
- Alnwick Castle holds several very important and unique copies of manuscripts of ancient books. We will read the literature and examine the material books as artifacts.
- Alnwick is located within close proximity to several relevant cultural sites and repositories of ancient books. We will connect literary works to the sites and read works housed in those repositories.
- The Percy family, owners of the castle for centuries, figure prominently in works of literature (including the famous Henry Hotspur in Shakespeare’s plays). We will read literary works connected to the family.
- The Northeast of England has an almost-magical feel to it, and has inspired and is connected to the landscape in several literary works. We will explore the connection between literature and the physical landscape.
Students will complete a major mapping project (https://storymap.knightlab.com/), connecting literature to place.
Buildings in the UK are accessible, but we will spend quite a bit of time walking through towns from site to site. Most of the time, the tour busses can only take us so far into city centers in places like Durham and York. Students can expect to walk approximately 15,000 steps a day, most likely. The terrain will vary. Most of the walking will be through small urban city centers. Also, there will be hikes through the castle hunting grounds. The hikes are optional if students feel like a hike would be untenable for them physically.
Participation in this program requires a valid passport book through at least December 3, 2022. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport
immediately if you hope to participate in this program.
Alnwick, UK (Northeast England and parts of Scotland)
TENTATIVE TRAVEL DATES
May 16-June 2, 2022
Students will enroll in ONE of the following courses associated with this program:
- ENG 120: Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
- Counts as GEP Goal 6A (Humanities)
- ENG 363: Literature in English to 1642-Topics (3 credits)
- Fulfills English major/minor requirements
- Serves as an upper-division elective
- English majors and minors
- Open to all students
- ENG 120: None
- ENG 363: Successful completion of ENG 290
- Range from $4,500 - $5,500 depending on enrollment min/max.
- The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for the 3-credit course, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission and event fees for group educational activities, international health insurance for the duration of the program, and the Study Abroad administrative fee.
- The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied to the program cost.
Dr. Andrew Higl (AHigl@winona.edu)
STUDY ABROAD CONTACT INFORMATION
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs
- Application Deadlines
- December 1, 2021: Priority application deadline. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis for this program.
- February 1, 2022: Final application deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis for this program.
- February 15, 2022: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
- NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Eligibility and Cancellation Policies document students must review and electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students may individually and independently purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance when planning for this study abroad program. Study Abroad will not advise on CFAR policies, nor endorse a particular company/policy. The WSU Study Abroad Cancellation Policies will be enforced uniformly regardless of a student’s purchase of CFAR insurance.
- April 25, 2022: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 25, 2022.