Unearth London’s secrets by studying the rich history of Victorian-era death in literature, art, science, and philosophy.
|Location||London & Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Scientific knowledge about the human body and the process of death expanded hugely in the 19th Century, at the same time that increases in urban populations in England gave rise to the problem of what to do with all the bodies. Concurrently, English explorers in other parts of the world were finding evidence of “buried” civilizations, and construction workers for the Thames Embankment and the London Underground were digging through London’s own buried past. Death—and in particular the dead body—became a nexus of anxiety: individual, social, scientific, and historical.
In this Global Seminar, we will trace a number of Victorian responses to these new kinds of knowledge: funeral practices, public dissections, anatomical museums, fears of premature burial, cremation, vampirism, armchair anthropology, and the particular problem posed by the dead female body. Our core text will be Bram Stoker's Dracula, with some accompanying short stories and poems.
For a more detailed overview of this course, see the Academics tab.
Live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee.
Excursions in London may include:
Excursions in Edinburgh may include:
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
This Global Seminar is led by Ann Tandy-Treiber, Faculty in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000 level coursework|
One 3-credit course
London and its vicinity provide an incredible range of sites to visit, many of which will also play roles in our readings and discussions. Our excursions will be grouped around two overlapping themes: The Dead in the City (visiting churches, tombs, and cemeteries); and Science and Medicine (attending talks and exhibitions at the Old Operating Theatre Museum, University College London, the Wellcome Collection). We will hear from experts on the role Victorian sites play in the modern experience of London, and we will use our literary readings to reflect on the landscape around us.
Your work for this class will involve informal writing, briefly presenting on historical subjects, and creating a "travel blog" as a class.
Receive credit for: ENGL 3092
Liberal Education Fulfillment: Literature core
|Term||Program Dates||Priority Application Deadline*||Final Application Deadline|
|May Session||May 14 – Jun 6, 2021||February 1, 2021||March 1, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|May Session 2021||TBD||TBD|
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2021|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Death & Ritual in Victorian London|
|Track Name||Death & Ritual in Victorian London|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, emailRoslyn Udairam or call at 612.625.0475.
Tuesday, December 15th 11a.m.–12p.m.