Brighton, United Kingdom

Literature and the Sussex Environment: Joseph Conrad to Virginia Woolf

when 27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2420

It is urgent that we question the relationship between ourselves and the natural environment. In this module we will explore the relationship between writing and our urban, cultural, and natural environments.

The environmental humanities pay particular attention to the relationship between the arts and ecology (including questions of climate change), and challenge the centrality of the human. Questions of the environment provide this module with a framework to explore just some of the places and landscapes habited or imagined by writers and artists.

The module uses fieldwork to help us locate the literary imagination in real places. This may include (but will vary each year) Henry James and Joseph Conrad in Rye, Virginia Woolf in Newhaven and at Monk’s House, Graham Greene in Brighton, and Raymond Williams in Seaford. These literary figures are known for taking inspiration from the local environment, including Rye, Newhaven, Brighton and Seaford.

Throughout this module, we will develop critical knowledge and awareness of the “inextricable” relations between literature and the environment and will acquire a critical and conceptual vocabulary for analysis of literature from an ecological perspective. This module may include guest lectures from novelists and writers based in the local area.

This is ideal for critical and creative writing students, particularly students with an interest in literature in the environment and critical thinking; literature and ecology; writing and climate crisis; creative and critical writing; psychogeography; the poetics of “place”; animality; landscape.

Target group

Literature and the Sussex Environment is open to creative writing students, as well as students who wish to study literary cultures and the environmental humanities.

Course aim

- Develop critical knowledge and awareness of the inextricable relations between literature and the environment

- Develop an enhanced understanding and appreciation of specific literary works in the context of contemporary environmental questions and problems

- Acquire a critical and conceptual vocabulary for the analysis and interrogation of contemporary literature, and of more traditional forms of literary criticism, from an ecological perspective

- Develop an understanding of the possibilities of creative writing vis-à-vis ecology and the environment

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

GBP 2420: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2420. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition fees of £1655 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition fee, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).

The accommodation and campus programme fee of £765 per session include:

- Your own bedroom in on-campus East Slope student village. These are a mixture of en-suite flats and standard flats with shared facilities
- Bedding pack of duvet and duvet cover, sheet, towel, pillow and pillowcase
- Programme of free campus social events and activities throughout each session. Excursions and social programme trips will be provided on Fridays and weekends.


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.