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New England and Old England: Coast, Country, City


Boston, Massachusetts Cornwall, England Wiltshire, England London, England Summer I, 2022

a beach with sand, grass, and light purple flowers in cornwall, england


Focuses on a variety of texts (imaginative literature, memoir, scientific writing, creative nonfiction, and popular journalism) that take nature, ecology, and the environment as their subject. Examines paintings, photography, and other visual representations (such as computer simulations) of the natural world. Takes place in Boston and in the United Kingdom.

Offers writing instruction for students interested in interdisciplinary study or who wish to explore multiple disciplines. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres relevant to their individual experiences and goals. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and to develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.

From Professor Kelly:

We will hold classes at Northeastern and at various places in and around Boston, including Wolf Hollow (a wolf sanctuary in Ipswich—and we’ll go to Crane Beach) and Garden in the Woods (a native woodland and meadow habitat in Framingham). In England, we will stay in five places: St. Ives (Cornwall), a stunning fishing village on high cliffs overlooking a turquoise sea; Tintagel (Cornwall), the legendary site of King Arthur’s birth, where medieval ruins and the cliffs combine to create a unique environment; St. Austell (Cornwall), where we’ll accompany a scientist as she goes about her fieldwork on bees; Salisbury (Wiltshire), a cathedral and market town on the Wiltshire Downs and close to Stonehenge (which of course we’ll visit, on a tour that will allow us to go among the stones); and London, where we’ll focus on the eco-urban environment.