LIT 4693 Play, Performance, Politics: The London Stage
Jon Dietrick, Associate Professor
Arts & Humanities
Kevin Bruyneel, Professor
History & Society
Winter Session 2019
Information Session Dates
Monday, April 9, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Reynolds Global Lounge
Monday, April 9, 2018, 09:00 AM ET
Initial Application Deadline
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:59 PM ET
Rolling Application Opens
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 09:00 AM ET
Rolling Application Deadline
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May - September)
Mandatory Course Dates
No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.
Pre-Departure Class #1
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 PM ET
On Campus Play
Fall 2018 - TBD
Pre-Departure Class #2
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 PM ET
Course Travel: Friday, January 4 - Saturday, January 19, 2019 Class Dates: Saturday, January 5 (afternoon) - Saturday, January 19, 2019 (morning)
Friday, January 25, 2019
Turn in (via e-mail) your finished critical essay, your final exam, and your Performance Journal
The course aims to develop an appreciation for and deeper understanding of the theatre as an art form through an immersive experience of play-text study, play attendance, performance workshops, and class discussion. While we will see a variety of types of plays on a variety of subjects, our approach to these plays will particularly emphasize the social and political context and issues raised implicitly or explicitly by the plays we read and see. We will also place the issues raised in a number of the plays into a wider discussion of social and political issues occurring in the world today – be they around matters of inequality at local, national and global levels, the role of government, the meaning of freedom in daily life and as a legal and political concept, and the effort of people to shape their collective futures through political action and argument. Success in this class is dependent upon students’ ability and willingness to participate fully in all class discussions as well as work outside of class, both individually and in teams, and to contribute their independent insights and observations to the learning community of the class. Participation is imperative.
The course will involve a combination of close reading of the play-texts and contextual readings, careful and critical analysis of the performances, and engaged participation in acting workshops, tours, and class discussions.
Advanced Liberal Arts
Sophomore, junior, or senior.
Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.
Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.
RHT1000 Rhetoric I
RHT1001 Rhetoric II
AHS1000 AHS Foundation 2 Intermediates NOTE: Interested students who do not currently meet the course pre-requisites should email Professors Dietrick and Bruyneel with a case to be considered for enrollment in the course.
International Flight (Not Included in Program Fee)
Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to London (LHR) and out of Dublin (DUB). A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee. The flight between London (LHR) and Dublin (DUB) is covered by the program fee.
Arrival Airport Code: LHR
Departure Airport Code: LHR
The program fee includes the following transportation: Tube (metro) pass and airport transport (train).
Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant walking.
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, alumni reception, and farewell dinner.
Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Estimated Total Cost: $4,500 + Tuition (4 credits)
Program Fee: $2,300
Included: Accommodations, breakfast, tube pass in London, airport transport, theatre tickets, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
Not included: Tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses.
Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.
Babson Tuition: 4-Credits
Winter tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2018-2019 credit rate ($1,597 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Winter tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.
Travel & Meals: $2,200
Airfare (Individual estimated to/from BOS): $800
Estimated Additional Meals: $1,000
Estimated Incidentals: $400
Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on estimated expenses from the ** 2016-2017 course to London.
Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences.
Visa (if applicable)
All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to [Country] (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.
Professor Dietrick teaches intermediate and advanced literature courses such as Business and American Drama, Modern Drama, and The London Stage. Professor Dietrick’s research deals mainly with literary representations of business and economic life. He is the author of the book Bad Pennies and Dead Presidents: Money in Modern American Drama. Additionally his work has appeared in journals such as American Drama, Twentieth-Century Literature, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies.
Kevin Bruyneel is Professor of Politics at Babson College. He wrote The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations, and presently writes on the relationship between race, colonialism and collective memory. He has recently published articles in History & Memory, Settler Colonial Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal, and The Canadian Journal of Political Science. He is presently working on a book project on the role of Settler Memory in US race discourse and politics. He was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Bruyneel completed his B.A. at Simon Fraser University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research in New York City. At Babson College, Bruyneel teaching courses in Political Theory, American Politics, Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Radical Politics. He lives in Somerville, MA.
Alex Nesbeda manages the programming for Elective Abroad courses and the International Consulting Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, the United Kingdom, Uruguay / Argentina, and Israel; graduate Electives Abroad in Italy and Japan; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Tanzania.