LYST 293:

Adolescent Literature in London




My interest in the UK started years ago with historical fiction about Henry VIII, the man who proved the that “bad decisions make the best stories.”  From there, I began reading historical non-fiction, as well as British adult and children’s literature.  By the time I was of club age, I’d added the Clash, the Specials, and the English Beat to my interests, as well as British film, culture, and television. 

In the back of my mind, I always had the idea of teaching a study abroad course in London.   I love the literature, both old and new, as well as the history, and nothing conveys the charm of the books, or the force of the historical events, like actually being there.  So when J.K Rowling set the best-selling children’s book of all time in England,  I thought the timing was right to capitalize on the interest in adolescent literature generated by Harry Potter and friends.  With the help of a special teaching leave from Hofstra’s Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence, I was finally able to develop the course.

Summer Session II

July 6  - July 17, 2011



Department of

Teaching, Literacy,

and Leadership 

Dr. Jeanne Henry

If you’re here, you’re at least thinking about taking the class, so let me tell you what I can about the course, and the fabulous city in which it’s set.