UA in Oxford Courses
All of the English and History courses taught at Oxford can be taken both as regular A&S classes and as Honors classes. HY 494/495 also carries a "W" designation. Course seats for all our sections do fill up fast! We do our best to accommodate course choices, but we reserve the right to place you in other courses in order to make every course operate effectively.
UH 210: Honors Fine Arts: The Arts of Oxford (Jones)
Honors Fine Arts: The Arts of Oxford includes literature (Phillip Pullman, Lewis Carroll), architecture ancient and new, art (you’ll love the Pre-Raphaelites), science (see Einstein’s chalkboard), baroque music in baroque chapels, Shakespeare in college gardens, pub food and high tea, and many tours of sights and sites (walk in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Alice, Emma Watson, Oscar Wilde, Christopher Wren, and the Oxford Martyrs).
Remember, if you have taken UH 210 once already, you can take it again for credit in Oxford.
This course's major "walks" are open to all program participants, even if you're not registered for UH 210.
EN 215: Honors English Literature I (Phelps)
C.S. Lewis has commented, in a really rather dull book, that the literature of early England ought to be read in its “once born” condition, by which I suppose he meant in a garden, vellum in hand, and with little sense of something else competing for one’s attention. That’s more or less what we’ll attempt to do with the Oxford iteration of EN215: Honors English Literature I, 800–1800CE. In some cases, in fact, we’ll best Lewis by sitting in the author’s actual garden and holding in our hands the earliest available editions of the texts under study. You see, in Oxford we can do things with literature that we can only approximate elsewhere, and the wide aim of this course will be to maximize this tangible interaction with the instruments and contexts of literary production. Along the way, we’ll also ask questions about the shaping value of the texts, about their political, social, and religious influences, about the ways in which they interiorize their characters, and about how these vectors of intent and representation combine to produce startling literary artifacts capable of withstanding the tests of time. Weekly short papers, one research/library assignment, and expected participation.
EN 210/216 (Honors)/311: English Literature II (Crank)
It's no wonder that the UK figured prominently in the imagination of American artists and authors at the close of the 19th century: American authors had often mediated their literary value in relation to their counterparts in England. And yet, as a new century dawned, a new literary movement emerged that would accelerate American writers' interest in the region: modernism. This second half of the American literary survey exclusively explores those American authors who found literary inspiration--whether in genre, tone, trope, or characterization--from the British isles. We'll pay particular attention to American authors who spent extensive time abroad in the U.K. and who, in some cases, became British citizens. Along the way, we'll visit specific places in which we can map the transatlantic currents that advanced the evolution of modernism in both America and the U.K.: Henry James at 34 De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London in 1900; Robert Frost at Beaconsfield in 1912; T. S. Eliot at Merton College right here in Oxford in 1914; Ezra Pound at 10 Kensington Church Walk in 1912; W.H. Auden at Christ Church in Oxford in 1928, just to name a few.
HY 366/367 (Honors): Modern Britain (Peacock)
This class will consider the course of British history over the long twentieth century, a time in which Britain moved from considerable authority in the world to a much reduced status politically and economically. We will examine Britain's role in the three major wars of the twentieth century: WWI, WWII, and the Cold War. We will look closely at the collapse of empire.We will also examine how Britain was transformed into a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society in the last seventy years. It became one of the dominant welfare states of the century and dominated popular culture for at least a decade before reverting back to a deep conservatism in the 1980s under the long leadership of Margaret Thatcher.
HY 382/383 (Honors): Early Modern Britain -- Living Under the Tudors (Kaufman)
Britain was entirely transformed under the rule of the Tudors. This class examines these exciting and turbulent times: seismic upheavals in religion; war and peace; the creation of some of the greatest English plays and indelible culture; the beginnings of empire; and the fundamental changes in a society that would come to influence not only the creation of our own country but would alter the entire world. We will study some of the most compelling figures of British history: the insatiable Henry VIII and his brilliant daughter, Elizabeth I; the poets Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare; explorers Walter Raleigh and Francis Drake; thinkers such as Thomas More and Francis Bacon; statesmen like Wolsey, Cromwell, and Cecil. But we will also look at larger social and cultural forces that shaped Tudor England, asking, on the ground: just what was it like to live in Tudor England?
HY 494/495 (Honors): Britain in the Victorian Age --- Science and Medicine from Darwin to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. (Both classes have a "W" designation). (Peterson)
Note that 400-level courses in History are the same workload as 300-level courses. They are different only insofar as they are classified as "W" courses.
Victorian Britain was an era of upheaval. All across the Empire, the relationship between scientists, surgeons, the government, the corporations, and the public all were in question. Newspaper headlines included both miraculous scientific advancements and murderous mad scientists. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It was an age of cholera and toilets and anthropology and chemistry and workhouses and serial killers. In this History of Science, Medicine, and Society course, we will examine these shifting relations through primary texts and will even get to visit the famous sites where the most important events in the history of medicine, science, and even criminology took place in Victorian Britain.