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“LONDON CALLING: ORDERING THE WORLD”

BRITISH LITERATURE, HISTORY, & CULTURE

ENGLISH 299, 499 or HISTORY 199

SPRING & SUMMER 2023

Drs. Laura Rotunno & Douglas Page                   

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE

"By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show."

 

"You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

—Samuel Johnson

 

After this immersion in London, you may, very well, echo Johnson's sentiments. This course lets you, at the very least, test his ideas, because this Study Abroad experience will provide you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of British literature, history, and culture through visiting key sites in the Greater London area. That is, a goal is to aid in your recognition of and ability to critically discuss the interrelationships between and cultural significance of British historical events, not just for Britain but for the rest of the world.

Designed to supplement and complement the readings and discussions undertaken in English 225N (WMNST 225N), 403, or 452 OR History 066 or 103, the course will explore different aspects of British historical and literary culture, ranging from the architectural to the intellectual. During the 1-credit spring course, we will do much in terms of practical preparation for the trip; however, beyond that, we will also challenge you to consider your goals in this travel and preparing you to be travelers who are curious about the sustainability efforts, efficiencies, and inefficiencies of the sites. While there will be numerous sites that will show us environmental sustainability efforts at work or needed, we’ll also be explore sites that will help us think about sustainability in terms of the sustainability of cities and communities (two of the UN Developmental Goals). Further goals for the summer/trip portion of this course include: 1) Undertaking international travel as a respectable representative of the U.S. and Penn State Altoona as well as a curious student of British history and culture; 2) Engaging elements of a familiar, yet foreign culture in a hands-on fashion; 3) Evaluating materials you have read in your prerequisite course(s) in respect to experiencing the sites, pieces of art, etc. that you will see in London; 4) Exercising your research, presentation, and writing skills.

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Posted by Hollie Keller on Friday, April 21, 2023 - 12:02

St. Paul’s Cathedral is located in central London. Visitors enter through the West Entrance. Below is a map containing various features of St. Paul’s. Within the Cathedral, there are dedicated chapels to St. Michael and St. George, Middlesex Chapel dedicated to St. Erkenwald and St. Ethelburga, Dean’s Staircase which was featured in Harry Potter, Wellington’s Monument, along with various other attractions. Remnants within the cathedral pre- The Great Fire are stored within the cathedral as well. The South Transept is dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson. Westminster Abbey, another cathedral, is located near St. Paul’s as well as Postman’s Park. Videography is not allowed within the cathedral but taking pictures, as long as it is not of workers/services is.  More recently, there has been an equal access entrance installed to the North Transept which contains ramps and stairs.  As for bathroom accessibility, I could not find any mention of bathrooms on site.

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Posted by Margaret Wetzel on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 22:58
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Posted by Margaret Wetzel on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 22:57

The house of Vanessa Bell and her sister Virginia Woolf, where the Bloomsbury Group would meet to discuss art, writing, and philosophy. The 10 key members of the Bloomsbury Group include: Venessa Bell (painter), Clive Bell (art critic), Virginia Woolf (writer), Leonard Woolf (writer, publisher, political theorist), John Maynard Keynes (economist, art lover), Roger Fry...

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Posted by Kathryn Maille on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 17:27
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Posted by Kathryn Maille on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 17:26

Kensington Palace had its start as the small Nottingham House villa, which was picked by William III and Mary II in 1689 to be a country retreat. Its proximity to Parliament but distance from the negative aspects of the city were what made the building attractive to them. Over time, the building was transformed into a palace for royals, including Queen Caroline, Queen Victoria, Diana, Princess of Wales, and now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The gardens were transformed by Queen Anne, and George I filled the building with fine art. In 1899, the State Apartments were opened by Victoria, and the building today remains the site of a museum and garden tours.

“Growth of a Victorian Suburb.” The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmhistory/general/vm_hs_p10.asp. Accessed 18 April 2023.
Hyland, Catherine. Kensington Palace as it stands today. 2019....

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Posted by Kathryn Maille on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 12:25

16 Lawrence Street was the home of the Chelsea China factory from 1745 to 1784, until the business was sold off and moved elsewhere. At the time, the area was a highly fashionable suburb to live in, so the factory had plenty of customers to purchase their fine goods. This fashionable air to the area continues until today, and the wealth of the area is still felt. The creation of this factory is due in part to the large French population in the area, which is an aspect of the borough that is still noted today. Many immigrants would continue in their original occupations, but for the two men that founded the factory, they adopted a different industry that still related to their artistic and business backgrounds. A plaque was placed in 1950 to mark that production took place at the north end of Lawrence Street, and it is also noted that the novelist Tobias Smollett lived in the building from 1750 to 1762.

“Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory: Finch: British, Chelsea.” The...

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Posted by Kathryn Maille on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 12:25
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Posted by Noah Meckes on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 12:03
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Posted by Noah Meckes on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 12:02

Kings Road is located just outside of the heart of the downtown Knightsbridge district which houses Harrods and other luxury boutiques. It was a very influential location all throughout the mid 1900s. 

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Posted by Margaret Wetzel on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 11:50

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