Bath, Britain, and the Black Atlantic


Denison professor Diana Mafe will teach a new course, "Bath, Britain, and the Black Atlantic," in summer 2018 in the world-heritage city of Bath, England, as part of the Advanced Studies in England (ASE) study abroad program.

The course, which runs from June 9-July 14, 2018, will focus on the autobiographies, letters, and poetry of early black Atlantic writers who lived and/or published in Britain, including Ignatius Sancho, Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Olaudah Equiano, Phillis Wheatley, and Mary Prince. All were individuals who harnessed the power of writing (whether directly or indirectly) to tell their stories and combat slavery, particularly as a British institution. An overnight study trip to Liverpool will include a visit to the International Slavery Museum, an international hub for resources on human rights.

Interested students should contact Dr. Mafe or the Off-Campus Study Office as soon as possible. The ASE summer school includes five weeks in Bath, residence in historic townhouses, a weekend trip to Dorset, and visits to Glastonbury, Stonehenge, and Oxford. Students will select two courses for a total of 8 credit hours.

the book The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudah equiano, or gustavus Vassa, the african by Olaudah Equiano the book Letters of the late Ignatius Sancho, an African by Ignatius Sancho Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mr John Wheatley, of Boston

Program Highlights:

  • Five weeks in the world-heritage city of Bath
  • Residence in historic townhouses
  • Small classes taught by British and American faculty
  • Weekend trip to Dorset
  • Visits to Glastonbury, Stonehenge, and Oxford
  • Course-related study trips
  • Two courses (8 credit hours)
Posted Date 
Friday, October 6, 2017

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Lorena Woodrow Burke Endowed Chair of English

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Academic Administrative Assistant


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