June 15 – 24, 2024

with David Faulkner,
The Walter C. Teagle Director of First-Year Writing Seminars, John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines


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You have more to learn with eminent scholars on location

  • On this 9-day CAU Study Tour, you will explore the real-life landscapes of treasured literary classics by Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.

    Click on "All the Details" to download the brochure for the full itinerary, tour details, and terms.

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    Education vacation

    Accompanied by David Faulkner—a CAU fan favorite—learn by doing as you trace the footsteps of beloved literary characters. Experience lectures designed to elucidate the interplay of setting and storyline. And, enjoy the unparalleled opportunity to follow your curiosity and develop your knowledge by asking questions as you go.

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    Get swept up in the stories

    Take this opportunity to re-read your favorites before the trip or, jump in with only a cursory knowledge of Austen and Hardy. Either way, you will learn more on location with your faculty leader and through discussions with your small group of like-minded travelers.

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    Learn more

    CAU Study Tours are uniquely designed to be fun, inclusive, comprehensive learning experiences. With an itinerary customized by your faculty leader, each CAU Study Tour provides a portal into a scholarly perspective, allowing you to experience the world in real time through the lens of a lifetime of study.

Travel with an Ivy League professor

  • CAU fan favorite David Faulkner is the Walter C. Teagle Director of First-Year Writing Seminars in the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University. In addition to leading a CAU Study Tour to Ireland, for CAU Summer he has taught several major British and Irish authors; he has published and presented on such writers as Dickens, Conrad, Woolf, Kipling and Wilde. With extensive experience at institutions ranging from Princeton to state and community colleges, he also trains and mentors writing teachers. He currently serves as co-Chair of the Development Committee for the AP English Literature and Composition exam. For Cornell, he teaches advanced and first-year writing seminars (including his favorite, “Jane Austen Made Me Do It”). He has never fully recovered from having his heart broken forty years ago by Hardy’s Tess. He hopes someday to author a fan-fiction sequel to Austen’s Emma—but if you wonder just what it was that Austen made him do, you will have to join the tour to find out.

Lectures + Suggested Readings

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    "A Neighbourhood of Voluntary Spies”: What Happens in Bath, Stays in Bath

    Leading into visits to Montacute House and Lyme Regis, get a fuller sense of Bath's significance in Austen's novels:
    • The character and reputation of Bath as a Georgian spa town; its presence in Austen
    • Literary culture: Romanticism, the “Gothic”
    • Agrarian capitalism and protest: enclosure of common lands
    • The shadow of the French Revolution, the threat of Napoleonic war/invasion
    • Radicalism and repression ca. 1790-1820

    Relevant readings: Persuasion; Northanger Abbey; Far From the Madding Crowd

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    Tess Country: The Woman Pays

    Before traversing Somerset and Wiltshire en route to Salisbury (called “Melchester” in the novel) learn about the multiple contexts for Tess, whose protagonist crisscrosses most of Hardy’s “Wessex:”
    • Agrarian capitalism and protest, cont.
    • Archeo-anthropological thought in the 19th century
    • National education
    • The New Woman, the “ache of modernism”

    Relevant readings: Tess of the D’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented by Thomas Hardy; any other Hardy novel of your choice

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    The Wessex Project, or “A State of Alteration, Perhaps of Improvement”: Whose England?

    The day after exploring Stonehenge, dive into the competing legacies of “English” culture:
    • Agriculture vs. industrialism, “South” vs. “North,” “Home counties”/London vs. the “provincial”/peripheral
    • Class, region, language; dialects valued and marginalized
    • Austen and Hardy today?

    Relevant readings: Far From the Madding Crowd OR The Return of the Native; Under the Greenwood Tree; The Mayor of Casterbridge; almost any other Hardy novel you know; Persuasion

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    Suggested Readings

    Filmed adaptations are helpful, acceptable, encouraged supplements.

    by Jane Austen:
    Persuasion
    Northanger Abbey
    Sense and Sensibility

    by Thomas Hardy:
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles
    Far From the Madding Crowd
    The Return of the Native

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