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UCLA Departament of English
Discover the contemporary capital and recover hidden traces of the revolutionary era of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The program studies London as the key site in an often overlooked urban Romanticism, featuring the work of William Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Keats, Hannah More, Mary Robinson, and a special focus on the art and poetry of William Blake.
Trace the steps of some of the most important American writers and artists who spent time in Florence. Novels and stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, William Dean Howells, and Constance Fenimore Woolson are studied, along with the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s great translation of the Florentine poet Dante’s Inferno.
Experience Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be experienced, on the stage as well as the page, and in the company of his fellow dramatists, during a summer session spent in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, England. Students will be immersed in the study of multiple plays in performance, as mounted both on the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Globe Theater in Southwark, London.
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