United Kingdom


London: The City in English Literature

The U.K. English literature program will not be offered in 2014; it is scheduled to be offered in Summer 2015. Updated information for Summer 2015 will be available in Fall 2014.


Program Overview
Program Faculty
General Summer Program Information
Eligibility and Application Procedures
Application Deadline

Students at the Museum of London


Bring your studies of English literature to life this summer in London. London has always played a central role in the life of Great Britain, in its politics, its economy, and its imagination. From the opening of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales at the Tabard Inn to the multicultural North London of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, it is difficult to find an important English author who does not turn to London, celebrating it, satirizing it, or simply trying to grasp its wondrous complexity. For English majors and non-majors interested in the arts more broadly, London offers an unparalleled place to study English literature and culture, both for its rich history and its contemporary vibrancy as one of the truly global cities of the world. It is particularly rich in theater, from the National Theatre to the Globe to smaller, cutting edge companies. The program is designed to make the best use of London, with classes meeting regularly on-site in the city; among our living classrooms will be The Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The British Museum, The Central Criminal Court, The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, and tours of Dickens’ London and London Coffeehouses. We are also planning an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace and now a central place for Shakespearean theater).

Students in Stratford-upon-Avon

Students will enroll in two of the following courses, all of which will be structured and enriched by London’s unparalleled resources. Students can expect the program courses to have significantly smaller enrollments than the large lecture course equivalents taught on Main Campus and smaller enrollments than the 2000- and 3000-level electives. 

English 2201 |Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1660 (3 credits)
This course, taught by Professor Shannon Miller, will introduce students to English literature from its origins to 1660 by bringing alive the way place shapes literary production and consumption.  For instance, Elizabeth I’s reach as a sovereign author and her earlier vulnerability become clearer through a visit to the Tower where she was sent before becoming Queen and to which she sent others once on the throne; Donne makes more sense when viewed in light of the religious authority represented by St. Paul’s Cathedral.  These visits also make clear that literature is best understood in an interdisciplinary way that brings in art history, political and religious history, and other fields. Prerequisite: English 0802: Analytical Reading and Writing, or equivalent.

English 2202 | Survey of English Literature, 1660-1900 (3 credits)
Professor Steve Newman has thoroughly recast this course from the version he normally teaches at Temple. Instead of organizing it primarily around chronology, the course in London will be organized through geography—theater, criminal underworld, laboratory, countryside—Professor Newman will then guide students through a repeated journey from the 1660s to 1900.  To aid students in this, the class will attend a play, take a walk around Charles Dickens’ London, to name a couple of sites, and have the opportunity to tour Wordsworth’s Lake District. Assignments will also be geared toward the importance of setting; students will write essays that imagine placing one of the pieces from the syllabus in a London space they’ve visited and another gauging the difference made by historical situation. Prerequisite: English 0802: Analytical Reading and Writing, or equivalent.  

English 2297 | Shakespeare (3 credits)
This course, taught by Professor Miller, will offer students a chance to see Shakespeare’s work staged in a reproduction of the Globe Theatre and in Stratford.  Visiting these sites and the excavations of the Curtain Theatre and the Theatre will help students grasp that plays are profoundly shaped by the spaces of their performance.  Dr. Miller has designed the syllabus to cover a wide range of dramatic genres but also grounding them in the performances the students will attend; the students will keep a journal of these performances that will lead to more formal academic work. Prerequisite: English 0802: Analytical Reading and Writing, or equivalent.  

English 3010 | Special Topics I: London In/As Text (3 credits)
After an introduction devoted to some theories of mapping  the city through text, this course, taught by Professor Newman, is organized around a survey of important literary cartographies from the attempt to re-imagine London in the wake of the cataclysmic Plague of 1665 and Fire of 1666, including the rise of coffeehouses and new media, through the Romantic turn to the city as visionary site (Blake; De Quincey) or hellish cacophony (Wordsworth), the epoch-making London of Dickens, which still haunts the literary imagination of the city, the enervating and glittering London of Eliot and Woolf and finally to the contemporary mappings of Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan.  To sharpen and deepen our grasp of these texts, the class will take various walking tours of the city—of its  old coffeehouses, Dickens’ Victorian metropolis, the recently down-and-out but now gentrified immigrants’ neighborhood of Brick Lane—as well as visits to Samuel Johnson’s House, and the Tate Britain to look at Blake’s work.  Students will submit journal entries of their own mappings of London, as they bridge the distance between text and cityscape and between their now and the then of the texts on the syllabus. Students will also be required to attend and reflect on a poetry reading, play, or other performance that reveals something about the state of London now. Prerequisite: Temple University English majors must have successfully completed English 2097: Introduction to English Studies. All other students must have successfully completed a university-level writing intensive course.

Temple undergraduate students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.

Students at Brick Lane

Shannon Miller is a tenured professor in the English Department at Temple University.  Her areas of scholarship and teaching are Renaissance English literature.  She has been at Temple since 1993 and has taught in London with the University of Pennsylvania's English Literature program.  She frequently teaches courses in Shakespeare, Milton, and women writers, as well as the required English Literature Survey course, 2201.  Her most recent book, Engendering the Fall: John Milton and Seventeenth-Century Women Writers, explores the interplay between Milton's epic Paradise Lost and women writers throughout the seventeenth century.


Steve Newman has enjoyed teaching at Temple University for 11 years, where he is a tenured associate professor in the English Department.  His scholarship and his teaching focus on British literature of the Long Eighteenth Century (1660-1832); he is the author of Ballad Collection, Lyric, and the Canon:  The Call of the Popular from the Restoration to the New Criticism (University of Pennsylvania Press) and numerous articles in scholarly journals and edited collections.  He is also the recipient of teaching awards from The College of Liberal Arts, The Lindback Foundation, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and The American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, the last for a version of a course he is offering in London this summer on the textual mapping of cities. 


Students will be lodged in a basic residence hall in London.




Undergraduate (6 credits)

Budget Item

Pennsylvania Resident


Billable Item





U.K. Fee**



University Services Fee



Required Health



Non-Billable Item





Personal Expenses



Local Travel






Round-Trip Airfare





All estimated costs are subject to change. They should be used as a guideline only. Accepted students will receive detailed cost information as soon as it is available after the application deadline.

*Per university policy, Temple students who are considered “upper division” are charged additional tuition per credit in the summer (Pennsylvania Residents: additional $14 per credit; Non-Pennsylvania Residents: additional $48 per credit). “Upper division” is defined as an undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credits, regardless of how obtained. This policy does not affect non-Temple students.

**The U.K. Fee includes housing and some program-related excursions. Please note that this fee is an estimate and will be updated.

In addition to the items above, students should budget money for personal travel and any additional personal expenses. Please note that students will be expected to have access to a personal laptop computer or tablet for writing papers.

2013 CALENDAR (Summer II)

Dates are tentative and subject to change



July 4

  Arrival in London

July 5

  Program Ends

August 16




Please see General Summer Information to read about pre-departure information and orientation; passports and visas; scholarships; costs and payment policies; accreditation; and transfer of credits.


Please see Eligibility and Application Procedures for program eligibility, application requirements, and application procedures that apply to all summer programs. In addition, for the London program, the following is required:

  • A typed statement (recommended length of 500 words) that includes a description of your expectations and interests regarding this program, specifying what you hope to gain from the study abroad experience.  Although experience abroad is not a pre-requisite, please include any relevant past experience or expertise.  Applicants are asked to complete this statement within the application.  




For additional information, please contact Dr. Steve Newman ( or Dr. Shannon Miller (

or Education Abroad; 215-204-0720;