UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Closed

Oxford — Portal to Fantasy 

Oxford, United Kingdom

Arrive Date: 6/27/2015    End Date: 7/25/2015

Program Overview

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, Kenneth Grahame, 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.

Instructor: Amy Clarke

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment: 30

Program Coordinator: Sarah Wiens


English (ENL) 163S. Topics in British Literature and Culture (4 units)

English (ENL) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

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