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Traveling with Frankenstein in Switzerland


Following a 1-credit Psychology & Literature course on Frankenstein, students will visit sites in Switzerland that relate to the novel and the biographical history of the literature.  Students will visit the haunts of the author and investigate the culture and history of the Geneva she knew. 


·         Explore the setting & birthplace of the gothic horror novel

·         Geneva: Chillon Castle, Palace of Nations, St. Pierre Cathedral

·         Zurich

·         Evian-les-Bains

·         Gruyeres


Before leaving for Switzerland, students will take a 4 week 1-credit (spring 1st session) course that focuses on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the genesis of the novel in the expatriate community in Geneva, Switzerland, the psychology of the horror fiction of this novel, and the geography and history of the novel itself.  The course will conclude with 1 more week of class sessions upon the return from Switzerland.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Susan Field – Dr. Susan Field is the Director of Psychology Scholars Program and a Professor of Psychology.  She was born in Yorkshire, England but has lived in the USA most of her life.  Her research interests include attitudes, particularly prejudice, the effects of gendered language on people’s thought, and pedagogical techniques in higher education.  This will be the third time Dr. Field has led a group of students abroad.

Dr. Jessica Hausmann- Dr. Jessica Hausmann is the Director of the University Honors Program and an Associate Professor of English. She was born in NJ and has lived here most of her life. She teaches literature and writing, and also teachers in the Bridge General Education Program. Her research interests are focused on American literature and women’s literature. This is her second time going abroad with a group of students and will be her first time in Switzerland. 

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