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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 Travis Saylor on Monday, April 17, 2023 - 23:40

The site of the bombing itself took place on the street rather than within an address in Bishopsgate, at the time—and still today—a leading financial center of London. The site of the explosion is most closely associated with the skyscraper 99 Bishopsgate, across the street from the medieval St. Ethelburga’s church (“Bishopsgate Bomb”). According to The New York Times, the bomb created a 15-foot-wide crater in the road and created a mushroom cloud that could been seen throughout London (Schmidt). The church was massively damaged by the blast, and 99 Bishopsgate across the street also suffered significant damage (Schmidt). The nearby National Westminster tower—at the time one of the tallest skyscrapers in London—had many windows shattered to the ground, and Liverpool Station required significant repairs as well (Schmidt). Repairs to the various damaged components of London’s financial district cost £350 million in total (“BBC on This Day”). Ultimately, St. Ethelburga’s...

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Posted by Travis Saylor on Monday, April 17, 2023 - 23:18
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Posted by Travis Saylor on Monday, April 17, 2023 - 23:18

Opening its doors in 1895, the Bishopsgate Institute is located in Bishopsgate among numerous shops and businesses—a feature shared during our modern era and the era of the Institute’s construction. The building’s exterior is intended to draw attention to itself by contrasting the frontages of the businesses surrounding it. Inner details of the Institute still reflect the stylistic influences of its architect Charles Harrison Townsend, such as in its mosaics and subtle Japanese ornamentation (“Charles Harrison Townsend”).

Intended to function as a place of free public education, the Institute has hosted classrooms, lectures, and the Bishopsgate Library as resources for those of all classes since its inception. Inspired by the plight of those in the nearby poor East End, Bishopsgate Institute founder William Rogers petitioned friends in government to allocate charitable funds for the use in educational initiatives, allowing the construction of three institutions dedicated to...

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Posted by Travis Saylor on Monday, April 17, 2023 - 23:13

The London Tavern was located on Bishopsgate Street at the former site of the White Lion Tavern (Timbs 274). Constructed in 1768 and demolished in 1873, the London Tavern now occupies the address of Nos. 1-3 Bishopsgate, Cornhill, Bishopsgate, London. Currently, this site is the location of a branch of the HSBC bank (“London Tavern”). During the 18th century, however, Bishopsgate Street and surrounding regions were popular areas for coaching inns where travelers could stop prior to the popularization of railroads. As Bishopsgate lies at one of the entry points into the old City of London, travelers frequently stopped there upon entering the city (McLachlan). The Tavern was the location of numerous important meetings and dinners during its reign, including the foundation of the Society of the Supporters of the Bill of Rights in 1769, the 1789 meeting of the Revolution Society after the fall of the Bastille, and different fundraisers and dinners presided over by Charles...

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Posted by Travis Saylor on Monday, April 17, 2023 - 23:12
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