Princeton in London

Nov. 20, 2017

Eight Princeton junior English majors and one Comparative Literature major are in London this term participating in the English Department's UCL Program. Students live in University College London housing located in the heart of Bloomsbury, just steps from the British Museum. They take their junior seminar with an English professor (this fall, Professor Tamsen Wolff) as well as three additional courses at UCL. The focus of the junior seminar is London literature, with a reading list that includes William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Bernard Shaw, Monica Ali, Virginia Woolf, Zadie Smith, and Kate Tempest. Through a deep immersion into London literature, history, and culture, they discover how writers, past and present, have imagined and responded to the city.

As part of their exploration of literary London, students have visited Charles Dickens' home on Doughty Street where he wrote The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist; toured Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and watched a production of Much Ado About Nothing; and spent a day in Sussex walking the South Downs Way to visit Virginia Woolf's Monk's House, where she wrote Mrs. Dalloway. The group has toured the Houses of Parliament and had high tea, and they have attended multiple plays, both in the West End (Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman) and further afield (Albion at the Almeida in Islington).

Any rising English major interested in spending a fall junior term in London should contact the English Department DUS, Professor Sophie Gee.

Lucina Schwartz, getting into the Dickensian spirit by donning a costume in the kitchen of 48 Doughty Street.

Remi Shaull-Thompson and Jack Lohmann leading the way toward the River House.

Miranda Hasty and Danielle Fortuna in Virginia Woolf's bedroom at Monk's House.