Winter 2015

Carleton English Theater and Literature in London - Covent Garden

Covent Garden

(Photo by: Kailey Schumacher '14)



Professor Susan Jaret McKinstry

Susan Jaret McKinstry, the Helen F. Lewis Professor of English, teaches and researches 19th century novels, Victorian poetry and art, narrative theory, and Jane Austen. Her current research involves Pre-Raphaelite poetry and painting. She is also a poet. 


Literature, theater, and the arts flourish in London. The city has an incomparably rich artistic and cultural past and present, and is arguably the world’s pre-eminent city for theater. The goal of the 2015 London program is to immerse Carleton students in this milieu, exploring London’s diverse theater scene and studying its literature, art, architecture, and history with an emphasis on Victorian England and the British Empire.


  • To study the creation and representation of empire and nationality in Victorian literature, art, museums, and architecture, still evident in contemporary London.
  • To appreciate and understand all aspects of theater by seeing several plays each week in a wide range of venues, styles, and historical periods.
  • To understand the historic and global role of the urban city by exploring London and designing an independent arts practice project.
  • To develop visual literacy by observing and interpreting material culture throughout the city.
  • To challenge and expand our cultural, aesthetic, and personal values through exposure to new ideas and environments.