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English 491/591, Drama in Stratford, London, and Edinburgh, Now Seeking Applicants

The English Department is now seeking applications for this summer’s off-campus study program in Stratford, London, and Edinburgh. English 491/591 is a three-week off-campus drama course that is offered during Summer Session (second term). The course can be taken for three hours of credit at either the 400 (undergraduate) level or the 500 (graduate) level. This year’s course will take place July 20 to August 10, 2019.

The first six days of the class are spent in Stratford-upon-Avon. During this week, we will see five plays produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the leading repertory company in Britain, at their newly opened main theater and redesigned Swan Theater. In addition, we will attend lectures given by Shakespeare scholars about the plays; meet with actors and other members of the RSC; visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Mary Arden’s house, and other historical sites. We will also tour the Cotswolds, and visit Warwick and Kenilworth Castles. While in Stratford, we will stay at local bed-and-breakfast houses.

The next nine days of the course are spent in London, theater capital of Great Britain and home of the best entertainment in the Anglophone world. We will see five plays, including drama at the Royal National Theater, the Globe, and London’s West End and fringe theaters. A four-day weekend in the middle of the stay will allow students to travel on their own to Paris, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, the Lake Country or other locations easily accessible from London. Accommodations during these nine days are provided at apartments in the University of London area.

During the last five days, students will travel by train to Edinburgh, venue for the International Fringe Festival. The city becomes one vast carnival space for performing arts of every variety, indoors and out. In a single week, the Fringe stages some 1200 brand new productions of dance, music, and theater, featuring everything from life-size South African puppet shows and home-grown Scottish sword dances to Shakespearean adaptations. We will stay near the Royal Mile, right at the heart of the Festival.

To receive credit for English 491 or 591, students will be asked to keep a journal responding to each of the plays that we see. English 491 counts as an upper-division English literature course; in the past, students have been successful petitioning to have the class satisfy the Arts and Sciences Foreign Study Upper-Level Distribution requirement. There are no pre-requisites for English 491. The class is open to majors and non-majors alike.

The course fee for Drama in Stratford, London, and Edinburgh is $3175.00. This includes all theater tickets, accommodations, breakfasts, eight dinners in London, transportation between Stratford, London, and Edinburgh, and administrative costs. The course fee does not include trans-Atlantic airfare, remaining meals, or course registration fees.

Enrollment is limited, and applications are due by February 1, 2019. A deposit of $750 (check made out to University of Tennessee) is required to secure a place in the class for you. Formal applications must be submitted to the Center for International Education. Interested students should contact Dr. Robert Stillman (974-6971; 974-5401;

KEITH P. TAYLOR GRANTS FOR ENGLISH 491/591: The Keith P. Taylor Grants offer financial support to students participating in English 491/591: Drama in Stratford, London and Edinburgh. Two awards will be made for students planning to enroll in the course covering the following expenses: tuition, course fees, hotel, transportation, and spending money. Students will be evaluated for the grants on the basis of: 1) academic achievement; 2) genuine interest in drama and a willingness to share their enthusiasm; and 3) financial need. Applicants for these grants should be persons for whom participation in a course of this type would be ordinarily out of the question. Grant winners will be expected to help recruit students and do organizational work for the class. Address inquiries about the Taylor Grants to Deadline for Taylor applications is November 15, 2018.

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