Name of Engagement

English 318: Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories. The London of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I

Contact Information

Mark Rankin, Department of English, JMU

Contact Details


Students in Shakespeare course visited Bodleian Library's Bibliography Room, Oxford, as outing on 3‐week Shakespeare intensive short‐term London‐based study abroad program. The students were instructed in the technology of the hand‐operated printing press and in the process of setting type, and then they each received an opportunity to set their own names in a composing stick and then transfer their set type to a galley. They then each printed a memento of the visit with their names and the seal of Oxford University. Students corrected the type inpress. Related key words: international, study abroad, Semester in London


Involves Faculty, Involves Students


International Scope


Summer 2016


Recurring Event (Occurs on a regular basis but not continual)

Primary Focus of Program

Arts and Culture

Benefits for Faculty, Students, Community, and Institution

Students gained hands‐on learning and an appreciation of this side of Shakespeare studies, and it was one of the highlights of the trip. Eight students participated.

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Areas of Engagement

Engaged Learning


Research Project, Class/Coursework

On/Off campus

Off campus

Number of people served


Academic Level of Engagement


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