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This program offers students the opportunity to study literature, theatre, art and culture in one of the most diverse urban centers of the world. Students elect two courses from the four offered:

  • The London Theatre Experience
  • Jane Austen
  • Literature of Risk
  • Writing for Children: Tales of Childhood

There are a number of excursions during our five weeks, and all students are provided with tickets to all theatre performances whether they elect the Penn Theatre course or not.

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Early admission deadline: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity
Final application deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2019

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Join us for an information session to learn more about the program:

  • November 28, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in Harrison College House, Room M20 
  • December 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Harrison College House, Room M20
  • December 10, 2018 at 3 p.m. in Harrison College House, Room M20
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Morning arrival in London
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Program housing check-in
Saturday, June 15, 2019 On-site orientation
Monday, June 17, 2019 Classes start
Thursday, July 18, 2019 Classes end
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Program housing last checkout date

All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

The London Theatre Experience

ENGL 068 / THAR 068 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Michael Gamer
  • Fulfills requirement: Sector 6 of English Major

London is one of the most exciting theater centers in the world, and the focus of this course will be on live performance. We will attend theatrical productions 2-3 times a week, seeing a wide range of plays produced by companies such as the Royal National, the Royal Court, and the Royal Shakespeare and staged in spaces such as those as well as in the West End (London's equivalent of Broadway) and in Fringe Theaters (what would be off-Broadway in New York City). Every Thursday we will be joined by Times theatre critic Samantha Marlowe, who will lead those sessions and share her knowledge as a theatre critic and practitioner. Tickets will be arranged in advance. Readings for the class will consist of responses to plays and productions. The class may also participate in field trips to other sites of theatrical interest, such as the Royal National Theatre and the reconstructed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Jane Austen

ENGL 101 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Michael Gamer
  • Fulfills requirement:
  • Sector 3 of the College’s General Requirement: Arts and Letters
  • Sectors 2, 4 or 5 of English Major

At once acutely aware of popular culture and a product of it, Jane Austen read and wrote in popular forms, from epistolary fiction to Gothic horror to realism to raucous satire to popular theater. We'll survey her in most if not all of these guises, reading five of Austen's works during our time in London, including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. On the way, we'll pay special attention to Austen's achievement as an innovator within the larger history of the novel. To that end, we'll focus on her experiments with form, voice, genre and geography—particularly the relationship between country and city and the role that specific parts of London play in her novels. Among our activities outside the classroom will be (weather permitting) to Chawton House in Hampshire, where Austen wrote most of her fiction.

Writing for Children: Tales of Childhood

ENGL 121 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Ms. Lorene Cary
  • Fulfills requirement: Sector 6 of English Major

We will read Roald Dahl, and his autobiography, Boy: Tales of Childhood. The point will be to rediscover nasty and naughty, as well as how, as writers, we mine our own childhoods—not for confession, but for story and meaning, especially children's strong sense of justice, often at odds with adult behavior. Then, we'll travel together to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden 20 miles outside London. With Dahl as our muse, albeit, an occasionally grumpy one, we will determine what kinds of stories each of us needs to tell and how to structure them. Then, we'll write them, for pre-K, elementary, middle and teen readers, aiming at a clear voice appropriate to the story, and as much order or misrule as each writer’s kid-muse demands. Yes, fun is required. Workshopping happens with student-writer colleagues in pairs and small groups, and then with the real kids. Returning with revisions will be a promise fulfilled, and an important marker in the literary life of everyone involved. A celebration! Tea and cakes are involved.

Students are housed in a private student residence in London.

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

  • Tuition for summer 2019: $8,784
  • Program fee for summer 2019: $2,800
    • Penn Summer Abroad deposits ($500) will be credited to students’ accounts when final program costs are posted
    • Includes administrative costs, student accommodations, theatre tickets and cultural activities

Payment is due according to Penn’s Student Registration and Financial Services billing schedule.

Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation:

Michael Gamer

Program Director

Michael Gamer
Professor of English         
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 746-3766
mgamer@english.upenn.edu

For assistance with the application, financial questions, pre-departure or other general information:

Nicola M. Gentili

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal & Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 898-7326
summerabroad@sas.upenn.edu

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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