CAS Summer in London offers courses in British literature, art and architecture, Shakespeare in performance, and contemporary English politics. These courses are all advanced electives that will normally count for the major in their respective fields. We take bus and walking tours of London as well as a group excursion to Brighton. Actors come to our theatre classes and members of Parliament to our politics class. Fieldwork and guided excursions are incorporated into other classes as well: architectural tours and museum visits, historical walking tours of literary districts, and visits to Parliament.
Interesting. Engaging. Exceptionally well prepared. I got to know London, and I've met new friends.
December 1 - Application Launch
February 1 - Priority Deadline
March 1 - General Deadline
April 15 - Final Deadline
April 30 - Final Confirmation
Nicholas Boggs, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Department of English
|2018 Program Costs|
|Undergraduate Tuition - 8 points||$7,576|
|Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 points||$948|
|Program & Activities Fee||
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
for 6 week program
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
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Classes are held at the NYU Center in Bedford Square. This Bloomsbury location-a stone's throw from the British Museum and within walking distance of nearly everything else in central London-makes NYU Summer in London a program of distinction whose diversity offers students in all disciplines the opportunity for immersion in the British academic world and the vibrant culture of London. This fully restored air-conditioned academic center offers classroom space overlooking the gardens of Bedford Square. In addition to two computer rooms, audio-visual facilities, a library, and study lounges, the NYU academic center houses the program's faculty offices and advisement staff. The NYU academic center at Bedford Square offers an unparalleled summer experience just minutes from the Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, Oxford Street, and Soho Square.
Students read and attend a selection of Shakespearean and other Elizabethan and Jacobean plays currently in production at the reconstructed Globe theatre, at the open-air theatre in Regents Park, and on other London stages. Attention is given both to the literary and historical context of Renaissance drama and to the practical aspects of staging the works. Sample syllabus.
British painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 17th through 20th centuries are viewed and discussed through visits to museums, galleries, churches, and ancestral homes in and around London. Class discussions approach the aesthetics of British art and architecture as well as their roles in cultural history. Sample syllabus
Diverse facets of British political culture are explored, including the historic institutions of English government, the Parliamentary system, social class and its relation to the various (multi)cultures of the United Kingdom today, and the question of Britain's role in the "new" Europe. Students will have the opportunity to visit Parliament and discuss current issues with a Member of Parliament. Readings are taken from background source materials on British politics and from current debates on the problems and controversies facing the UK today. Sample syllabus.
This course explores some of the varied ways in which the canonical British modernist author Virginia Woolf has inspired and helped shape contemporary British literature written by authors including Zadie Smith, and in the case of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, a major work of contemporary American literature as well. Exploring both fiction and literary non-fiction, we'll give special attention to such ideas as the pleasures and anxieties of literary influence within and across generations, genders, national boundaries, and historical periods; histories of female authorship; and the city of London itself as both literary setting and literary “character.” The course concludes with the work of contemporary British author, Olivia Laing, and her acclaimed memoir about her journey along the river in which Woolf drowned, To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface. Students will have the opportunity to tour London neighborhoods associated with selected authors and literary works, including Bloomsbury and Willesden, as well as a class trip to Brighton. In addition to a mid-term and an analytical research paper, students will experiment with adopting literary strategies employed by Woolf and her successors in short written assignments that combine critical and creative writing. As such, this course fulfills elective credit or the pre-requisite, “Reading as a Writer,” for the creative writing track in the English Major. Sample syllabus
All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing in a newly renovated residence just off Russell Square, within walking distance of the shops, supermarket and cinema of The Brunswick Center, the public parks and gardens of Mecklenburgh Square, and to all forms of transportation. The residence is a few minute walk from the academic center in Bedford Square. The apartments are shared suites with bedrooms arranged around a community area/kitchen. A suite may have up to four bedrooms, each bedroom, usually housing two students, with a bed, desk, and armoire for each student. Two or three bedrooms share a bathroom. The residence features lounges, laundry facilities, and wireless internet. There is no meal plan; you may prepare meals in your apartment (kitchens include cooking utensils) or eat at restaurants in the neighborhood. A residence manager is on-site as well as residential life staff and 24-hour security staff.
In summer 2017, an overnight group excursion is planned for Brighton. Depending on individual course selections, students also have the opportunity to visit Royal Greenwich and Hampton Court, the Mansion House; the Houses of Parliament, the New Globe Theatre, Charles Dickens's house, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sigmund Freud's house, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey, and many other locations.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Born and raised in Washington, D.C. Nicholas Boggs spent part of his childhood living in London and studied there for a semester as an undergraduate student in the Yale in London Program in Bloomsbury Square. Educated at Yale (BA in English) and Columbia (PhD in English) he now serves as the Director of Undergraduate Research and Advisement in the Department of English at NYU. He is also the faculty coordinator of the department's Contemporary Literature Series (www.nyu-cls.org), which brings noted authors to the NYU campus and into the undergraduate classroom. A writer and a scholar of twentieth century and contemporary literatures in English, this summer he will teach a course on Contemporary British Writing. His scholarship has appeared in the journal Callaloo and in the anthologies James Baldwin Now (NYU Press) and The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin.
Ph.D., Birkbeck College, University of London
Ph.D., Cambridge University
Ph.D., London School of Economics