This course will explore the central role the city of London—its writers, history, geography, politics, and culture—has played in the development of ideas about childhood and children’s literature. Students will read early texts from London writers that initiated what we now call children’s literature like James Janeway (Token) and John Newberry (Little Pretty Pocketbook); we will discuss how the genre changed as the city became a center of empire by examining works like J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins; and we will consider the (undue?) persistent global influence of the London children’s book publishing industry with J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and popular works not released in the U.S. like Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights.
Along the way, we will make stops in medieval Oxford to discuss its influence on children’s fantasy through writers like Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) and J.R.R. Tolkein (The Lord of the Rings); and to the bucolic Lake District in northern England to contemplate the vistas that inspired Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit) and Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons). In addition to reading the primary texts associated with our travels and excursions, this upper-level course will familiarize you with debates in the critical scholarship on children’s literature, including questions such as: How is it possible to have an authentic genre of literature written by one group (adults) for another group (children and youth)? Can playing with toys be a form of reading? Are children receptacles or producers of ideas about race and racism? How does queer studies help us rethink childhood? Assignments may include constructive class participation; weekly tumblr posts; and a final analytical paper. Through it all, we will keep the city of London and the sites we visit as our most important “textbooks,” asking as we journey through them together how these places and their histories have helped shape childhood as we have known it.
This dual location program will allow students to students earn a total of 3 hours of Ohio State English credit. All coursework will be taught by Profs. Molly Farrell and Jacob Risinger from the Department of English.
London, Oxford and the Lake District, UK.
In London students will a study-bedroom with several students living in the same flat and sharing a fully equipped kitchen with cooker, refrigerator/freezer and microwave oven. Students will be responsible for their meals. In the Lake District students will stay in a centrally located hotel/bed and breakfast.
Students will be registered for three hours of English 4575- Special Topics in Literary Forms and Themes.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have successfully completed English 1100 and have a GPA of 2.5. Preference is given to Major and Minor students from within the Department of English although Communications, Journalism, Theater and History students are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee includes instruction, accommodations, program-related excursions, local transportation pass and supplemental health insurance. It does not cover international airfare, passport and visa fees (if required), the cost of all meals, personal expenses or purchases.
This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 PM in 311 Denney Hall
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 PM in 311 Denney Hall
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 PM in 311 Denney Hall
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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
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