Spring 2020: Literary Locations—Venice

A gondolier in Venice

Program Description

A city of labyrinthine canals and alleys, known for its vast wealth and mix of Eastern and Western art and architecture, but also for its courtesans, conmen, casinos and Carnival, Venice has for centuries inspired tales of cultural conflict, sexual intrigue, magic and mystery, decay and death. See the city that fired the imaginations of Shakesperae and Ben Johnson, and that both fascinated and disturbed writers like John Ruskin and Henry James. Visit the prison in the Doge's Palace that  held Casanova, the beaches where Thomas Mann's Aschenbach roams in Death in Venice, and the insane asylum on the island of San Servolo where Jeanette Winterson's The Passion ends. 

The spring 2020 course, taught by Professor Alan Farmer (.109), will examine the representation of Venice in works of English and European literature from the 16th to the 20th century.  

Program Dates

The Venice trip is a dual course experience:

  • English 4400: Literary Locations—Students who wish to go on the Venice trip must first take this course in spring 2020. This course is offered on the Columbus campus. 

  • English 5193: Individual Studies—Students must also enroll in one credit hour of this course in summer 2020. This credit hour will cover the actual Venice trip, which will run from May 1 to May 13, 2020.

Application Deadline

November 15, 2019

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Program Application, Costs, and Accommodations
Information about program costs, accomodations and the application process is available through the Office of International Affairs. 

Information Sessions 

  • September 26, 2019 from 10:30am-12:00pm in 311 Denney Hall
  • October 15, 2019 from 12:00-2:00pm in 311 Denney Hall

Apply for Scholarships

The following are study abroad scholarships that we strongly encourage you to apply for:


Contact Study Abroad Program Coordinator Louise Yahiaoui at yahiaoui.2@osu.edu.