Victorian Weekend in London
As part of its commitment to global education, Gettysburg College encourages its students to study abroad, and 3 out of 5 Gettysburg students spend at least a semester abroad. For a more intensive experience, however, students in Professor Suzanne Flynn’s fall 2017 Victorian Aesthetics course will have the chance to immerse themselves in Victorian London. This interdisciplinary course combines the study of literature with an overview of Victorian painting, architecture, crafts, and interior design. During a 4-day trip over the fall Reading Days break, Professor Flynn and her students will travel to England, stay in the heart of Victorian London, visit numerous museums and historic buildings, and walk in the footsteps of such famous Victorians as John Ruskin, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Oscar Wilde.
Professor Flynn developed Victorian Aesthetics to be taught in London as part of the Gettysburg College Interdisciplinary Program in England (a program she originated that is still going strong nearly 25 years later). Although she has taught the course since then, bringing the students to museums in Delaware and Washington, DC, there is just no substitute for studying Victorian architecture in London, analyzing Victorian paintings at the Tate Gallery, or understanding Victorian design through a visit to Victoria and Albert Museum.
Your donation will help offset the cost of the students’ airfare, lodging (in a Victorian building-turned hostel), meals, and tours. Students will be contributing to the cost of this trip, but in order not to put any barriers to participation, we will keep that contribution fairly low. Additional funds will be provided by the Provost’s office field trip fund and the English department, but your donation will help make this intensive Victorian Weekend in London a reality.