Oxford — Portal to Fantasy
Oxford, United Kingdom
Arrive Date: June 29, 2019 End Date: July 27, 2019
Ever since Alice fell down the rabbit-hole on the grounds of Christ Church College, Oxford has been at the center of modern fantasy literature. Oxford was home not only to Lewis Carroll, but also to C. S. Lewis, Deborah Harkness, J. R. R. Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, and Philip Pullman. Even J. K. Rowling is rolled up in the Oxford mythos, since the Potter films use many Oxford locations. We will read novels from each author, considering how the “City of Dreaming Spires” has shaped their work and question how these fantasies themselves have shaped the modern imagination and why they have become so central to our times. We will also visit the world of fandom, taking in Harry Potter tourism, visiting webworlds, and even trekking through landscape that inspired Narnia and the Shire.
Taught in: English
Max Enrollment: 26
Program Coordinator: Sarah Wiens
English (ENL) 163S. Literary Study in the British Isles (4 units)
English (ENL) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)
- Live like an Oxford student, staying at one of the oldest universities in the world.
- See what inspired Wonderland, Narnia and the Shire.
- Float Ratty’s river, visit Lyra’s home, and find Howl in the stacks of the Bodleian.
- Walk through the gates of Hogwarts and down Diagon Alley at the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
- Discover the many wonders of Oxford, a city rich in history and culture.
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