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Shakespeare's England

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

Virtual

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

• Minimum 2.75 GPA

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

• March 15

Program Cost:

Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, this study abroad course will be run in a remote, virtual format. This course will not involve international travel.

Course Information

Spend your summer studying abroad – in Iowa. In addition to readings and writing that will fill the standard requirements for an undergraduate Shakespeare course, this class will offer a virtual study abroad experience in which we get to know Shakespeare’s England through performances, readings, and livestreamed interviews and presentations with actors, directors, and scholars in London and Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Around the time that Shakespeare moved to London from rural Warwickshire, an awed German visitor wrote that the city “is a wonder for learned men.” How does that experience of moving from the English countryside to the teeming, cosmopolitan city imprint itself on Shakespeare’s plays? What can we recognize in the landscape and cityscape of today’s England that would have been familiar to him? We will also talk with actors, directors, and scholars about the significance of performing the plays in Stratford or London, even if they are setting the plays in very different locations. On the one hand, theatre offers an escape from our particular circumstances – on the other hand, it is all about the actors and audience assembled right here, and how does that differ when the right here is Stratford as opposed to say, Iowa City? How did that change during the pandemic, and what is it like to begin to re-enter the theatres as the pandemic begins to subside?

Credit for this course can be applied to the University of Iowa’s Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture- Early Literatures Through 17th Century area of the English major.

You can review the Summer 2021 PDF syllabus for Shakespeare’s England here.

Program Dates

May 24, 2021 - June 18, 2021

Faculty Director

Blaine Greteman is a professor of English and the Director of the General Education Literature program at the University of Iowa. Before joining the faculty at Iowa he was stationed in London as a writer for TIME magazine, and he continues to write for popular publications including Slate, The New Republic, and The Week, on topics that have ranged from the Congolese civil war, to Iraqi exiles in England, to Gene Wilder’s super-fans. He has also written numerous scholarly articles and a book, The Poetics and Politics of Youth in Milton’s England (Cambridge, 20113).

Greteman was awarded a Stanford Humanities Fellowship to work on his most current book project, Networking English Print, and has received other honors that include a Rhodes Scholarship and being named a Dean’s Scholar by the Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application for this program, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.


Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353
Email: study-abroad@uiowa.edu

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, this study abroad course will be run in a remote, virtual format. This course will not involve international travel.

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, this study abroad course will be run in a remote, virtual format. This course will not involve international travel.

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, this study abroad course will be run in a remote, virtual format. This course will not involve international travel.

Eligibility

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA: Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA to participate in this program. Applications from students who have a GPA below 2.75 may be considered for the program, but will be interviewed by the faculty director in order to make a final acceptance decision.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa, or at another college or university where the applicant is enrolled in a degree program. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the this program dates are ineligible to participate. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who are not in good standing at any point overlapping with the program dates will have their acceptance revoked, and will be responsible for the associated late withdrawal fees.

Program Costs

You can find the total program costs on the PDFCost Sheet for Summer 2021.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc., on UI Study Abroad’s Finances page.

How to Apply

  • When you are ready to apply, you can find the application for this program on the UI Study Abroad application portal. Please note that a non-refundable $50 application fee will be charged to your U-Bill after you submit this online application.
  • The faculty director and your study abroad advisor will review your application materials and, if you meet the requirements for the program, you will be contacted with your formal acceptance status within several weeks.
  • Application Deadline

    The application deadline is March 15.

    Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, this study abroad course will be run in a remote, virtual format. This course will not involve international travel.

    Confirmation of Participation

    If you have received an acceptance email for the course, you may confirm your participation by completing and submitting the Confirmation of Participation form posted below. The form should be completed and emailed to cory-petersen@uiowa.edu by the confirmation deadline.

    PDF Confirmation of Participation- Shakespeare's England- Summer 2021

    Withdrawal Policy

    After applying for a virtual study abroad program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

    Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
    Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
    Portion of course fee: $100
    10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
    Portion of course fee: 50%
    20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
    Portion of course fee: 75%
    45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
    Portion of course fee: 100%