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*WKU Faculty Led: Literary Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland; Gryon, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 04/06/2015 ** Rolling Admission 06/15/2015 07/07/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study:
ENGLISH
Minimum GPA:
3.2
Faculty Leader:
Davies, Lloyd
Program Description:

LITERARY SWITZERLAND
This program will explore Switzerland aSwitzerland w/students castles the locus of crucial literary and cultural developments in the Western imagination in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: the discourse of the sublime and the beautiful, the ideal of freedom from tyranny, and the sense of selfhood in the face of nature. Switzerland became known as an exemplary site of a free and noble people and as a destination offering the traveler an inspiring and transcendent experience of the natural world; this led to an unprecedented literary interest in the region, blossoming around 1800 in the Romantic “discovery” of Switzerland. This course will study the development of that literary tradition.

COURSES
ENG 200/200 (H) (3 Hours): Introduction to Literature: Switzerland in Poetry and Prose
ENG 399/399 (H) (3 Hours): Studies in World Literature: Switzerland in the Literary Imagination
ENG 597 (3 Hours): Special Topics: Studies in World Literature: Switzerland in the Literary Imagination
 
**Students may be able to earn up to 6 hours of credit.  Inquire with professor for more details.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES
ENG 200/200(H): By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use basic literary terminology to interpret literary texts, with a focus on Alpine literature.
  • Write a thesis-driven analytic paper about literary topics studied in the course.
  • Use MLA guidelines to document use of primary source material.
ENG 399/399(H): By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use literary terminology to interpret a variety of literary texts on the Alps.
  • Use MLA guidelines to document use of primary source material.
  • Write an analytic paper explaining Switzerland’s unique role in literary and cultural history as a setting for poetry, novels, plays, etc.
  • Write an analytic paper situating works of Alpine literature, paintings, music, and film in their proper geographic and historical settings.
ENG 597: By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use literary terminology to interpret a variety of literary texts on the Alps.
  • Use MLA guidelines to document use of primary source material.
  • Write an analytic paper explaining Switzerland’s unique role in literary and cultural history as a setting for poetry, novels, plays, etc.
  • Write an analytic paper situating works of Alpine literature, paintings, music, and film in their proper geographic and historical settings.
  • Give a philosophic account of the aesthetics and discourse of the Sublime as it developed in the context of Alpine experience.
Switzerland w/students in Alps

ELIGIBILITY
  • Graduate student in good standing (Graduate Catalog p.30).
  • Undergraduate students with 3.2 cumulative GPA or good standing in the Honors College.
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.
  • Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses may apply. Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • Students must possess passport valid for at least six (6) months after return date.
  • Students must be free of active disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Students must complete all pre-departure orientations.
  • Full payment prior to departure is required.
  • Students must complete the Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course.  We suggest you start this application process immediately and respond to all emails promptly.
 
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