Much of English Literature is rooted in the landscapes out of which it came. We are never more aware of this than when reading the poetry of William Wordsworth and the diaries of his sister Dorothy. Living in isolated areas of northern England from the late 18th through the mid- 19th Centuries, these writers crafted poetry, fiction, and personal narrative in the fells of the Lake District. This course will take us to rugged places, where we will ramble the trails and read the works that put Grasmere on literary maps and ordinance surveys. We will visit Cockermouth (birthplace and childhood home of the Wordsworths) and Dove Cottage (Lake District home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth), as well as the museums devoted to the study of the lives and works of these major English writers.
Other sites of study will include Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and Hawkhead, where William Wordsworth attended grammar school. We will walk trails that are rated easy to medium. Classroom instruction will take place in a traditional classroom at Park, on the trails in Cumbria and in Glenthorne Country House at Grasmere. Readings
will include selected poetry of William Wordsworth, selections from the diaries of Dorothy Wordsworth and, of course, Peter Rabbit stories by Beatrix Potter. Requirements:
A love of reading, a journal and a rucksack, and a good pair of hiking boots. Course assignments will include a critical project, which will incorporate personal reflections on your experiences in these varied landscapes. Students may choose from among the following: traditional critical paper; photographic essay with written commentary linking the photos and the literature; other creative/critical projects. Students will also maintain a reflective travel journal throughout their travels in England.
For more information, please contact Dr. Lolly Ockerstrom, Associate Professor of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also stop by her office at 321 Copley Hall, or call (816) 584-6371.