Department of English
Marquette Hall, 115
1217 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Do you want to study abroad and earn credits toward your undergraduate degree? There are many study abroad classes offered through the English department, including classes in Drama (J-session) and Irish Literature/Culture (summer). These classes give students an opportunity to find new ways of looking at the world. The classes also teach skills necessary for navigating our innovative global community and show how dynamic the world can be. The world is your classroom. Go explore!
If you would like more information email Dr. Tyler Farrell.
British and Irish Drama on Stage
J-Session – Study Abroad (London, England)
This J-Session course will introduce students to drama live, on stage and take an in-depth critical look at how theater is interpreted in all forms from written and spoken mediums. Students will see roughly 5 to 7 plays at various theaters in the historic theater district of London and reflect through writing, critical interpretation, and class discussion. We will also take theater tours of some of London’s famous theaters including: Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Royal National Theater, The Old Vic, The Harold Pinter Theater, and the Kenneth Branagh Theater Company at the Garrick. Plays will be based on availability. Based on what dramas we see, the class will discuss drama from its beginnings until present day and look at conventions of how and why drama took shape in the world as well as its impact on literature and art. We will examine Aristotle’s six definitions of tragedy and inform our thinking about many conventions of drama such as: plot, character, dialogue, and conflict. We will also address questions about the spoken tradition of drama and act out/discuss scenes from various plays to hear words/ideas expressed aloud, to hear and see the world created in a given play. The class will utilize discussion questions about each play to expand our thinking as well as methodologies of literary criticism to understand the symbolic nature of works of drama. We will also examine literary history and look at ways in which social contexts and literary traditions helped shape the theater of different eras. We will partner with the City University, London or King’s College, London for housing and classroom space for students and faculty. We will also experience London itself through walking tours and tube travel. Contact hours will be met with in-class work and discussions, writing assignments, theater trips, play going, and lectures.
Assignments: Two critical papers, presentation, daily reading and writing assignments, daily discussion, tours and activities, group projects, and a final writing project that will involve both critical and creative components.
For more information, please see visit the Office of International Education's page.
Literature, History, and Culture of Ireland
Summer – Study Abroad (Galway and Dublin, Ireland)
This month-long summer program and course takes an in-depth look at Ireland and the literature, culture and history upon which the country is built. Students will see Ireland through the eyes of famous Irish authors. The combination of classroom learning and hands-on excursions allow students to have a fresh and more comprehensive learning experience. The course will consist of author discussions and involve short day trips to places of note in relation to authors, including: James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank O’Connor, Samuel Beckett, James Liddy, and Michael Hartnett. Students will look deeply into James Joyce and visit historical Martello Tower, the setting for the first chapter of Ulysses and travel to Yeats’ grave and the city of Sligo while also experiencing walking tours of some the country’s most famous residents. Students will also experience a play at the historic Abbey Theater along with museums, cultural attractions, tours, and educational experiences. While Galway (NUI-Galway) and Dublin (UC-Dublin) will serve as the primary homes for this program, travel to other parts of Ireland are a vital component to the program’s curriculum. Assignments include: daily readings, in-class discussion, presentation, tours, daily writing assignments, 4 short critical papers and 1 final project including both critical and creative writing components.
For more information, please visit the Office of International Education's page.
Courses Offered Summer 2019 // English // Marquette University