“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
The English department regularly offers Maymester and Spring Break courses which include a travel component, giving students an opportunity to experience and interact with other cultures. Check out English major Natalie Heath’s advice to student travelers here.
For a 2012 Spring Break trip, Dr. Molly McGehee and Dr. Dean Thompson took students on a Southern Meccas tour, on which they explored Southern food, music, and literature.
Dr. Lynne Simpson led a trip to Italy in 2011. The course was titled “Landscapes of Italy,” and the students examined, through 20th- and 21st-century American and British works, various perspectives on Venice and Florence. The works included E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel A Room with a View, the 1974 film Don’t Look Now, and John Berendt’s 2005 book The City of Fallen Angels.
In 2010, Dr. Molly McGehee led a trip to Paris, following the teaching of the course, “‘A bientot, les Etats-Unis!’ (See ya later, USA!): Twentieth-Century American Expatriate Writers in France.”
In 2009, two English department-led trips went to Europe. Dr. Dean Thompson traveled to Ireland with students after teaching a course in Irish Literature, focusing on William Butler Yeats and James Joyce. Meanwhile, students of Dr. Terry Barr and Mr. Jerry Alexander found themselves in Berlin and Prague; Dr. Barr’s course was “The Darkness Before the Holocaust(s): 20th- Century Fiction of Nightmare and Reality” and Mr. Alexander’s was “Devils and Villains: The Gothic Tradition in 18th - and 19th -century English and German Literature.”