Beatrix and Other Potters: Classics of Children's British Literature

Here's your chance to experience firsthand the inspiration for some of the world's most famous children's stories. You'll read literary classics, visit the places where they were written, and attend presentations by noted British specialists. You'll visit fantasy sites in Oxford associated with Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Harry Potter, cross Pooh Bridge in Milne's Ashdown Forest, find traces of Long John Silver in Stevenson's Edinburgh, and look for Peter Rabbit in Potter's Lake District. In London, you'll explore the appeal of Dick Whittington to city apprentices, visit Kensington Garden to understand how J. M Barrie could see Peter Pan in the magical park across the street, walk about the maritime world of Greenwich Village, visit the Old Royal Observatory, and experience a child's wonder of having a foot in each hemisphere at the Greenwich Meridian - and more. Along the way, you'll learn how various texts are constructed as literature that reflects historical, cultural, and psychological realities. You'll also enjoy the most stunning classrooms of a lifetime, as your pathway of learning stretches North from London through the Lake District to Edinburgh for four days in LondonAWAY.

Course details

  • ENG 497/597 (6 semester hours)
  • LondonAWAY! experience: Edinburgh for 4 nights
  • Prerequiste: Consent of Instructor

Meet the Instructor

Jameela Lares













Dr. Jameela Lares
The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Jameela Lares is professor of English at the University of
Southern Mississippi and has taught in the British Studies Program
since 2000.  Lares has been at Southern Miss since 1995. Her Ph.D. is
from the University of Southern California. Besides teaching and
researching in children’s literature, she teaches courses in British
Renaissance literature, English language, and especially the English
poet John Milton (1608-1674), the subject of her two books.  She has
recently won the Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year
Award for Southern Miss.