Study & Travel (Multi-Destination) Programs

British Fantasy Literature: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London

This program is accredited by Richmond, The American International University in London. The University is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority, it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree awarding powers.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

Course Description

LIT 5405 (3 credits)
British Fantasy Literature: Magic Memory

This module ties in a wide array of literature written in or about Britain, from some of the earliest descriptions of the land which informed writers such as Geoffrey of Monmouth who produced the first “popular” history of King Arthur, through the Gothic period, and twentieth century post-war fantasy. Study the Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series which were arguably the foundation for more recent work including the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones series. The texts are considered in the context of the locations where they were written or the places they describe, from the haunting castle ruins of Tintagel in Cornwall, Stonehenge and Avebury to the imposing architecture of Tolkien’s Oxford and Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House near London.

Prerequisities: ARW 4195 Principles of Academic Research or GEP 4180 Research and Writing II or equivalent.

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