We are writing to inform you of our upcoming travels to Europe. Now this is no easy travel feat, as we will be adventuring through five cities in one month! In addition to our exploration of Romantic poets and novelists, we will visit many well known sites such as the Sistine Chapel, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Villa Diodati (the house where most ofFrankenstein was written).
As an homage to Frankenstein, our updates will be coming to you in letter format. It is easily forgotten that the entire novel is really a letter from Robert Walton, a polar explorer, to his sister about a strange man (Victor Frankenstein) he meets during his travels. We hope our letters prove as interesting as his.
As the writers of this letter, we should probably introduce ourselves: Jonathan Kuehner is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience with minors in theater and writing. Since being admitted to this program, he has spent many restless nights dreaming of poetry and food: his two greatest loves in life. Having the chance to explore both of these things while discovering some of Europe’s most influential cities, while studying some of Europe’s most influential thinkers and writers, is a truly breathtaking prospect.
Emma Schlabach is a junior English major with a minor in management. She recently took a British Romanticism course with our trip leader, Dr. Amy Weldon, and is excited to dive deeper into the personal lives of the Shelley-Keats circle. Most notably, she is excited to visit the Keats’ home and see Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well at the Globe Theatre.
Rounding out the trio, Grant Thomas is a senior English major with minors in education and music. He recently completed his senior research project on video games studies. This is his first time traveling outside of the country, so he couldn’t be more excited to be going on this trip. He looks forwards to seeing the locations that inspired the various works we are studying, and reflecting on how they impacted the writers and their works.
Leading us is Dr. Amy Weldon (her fifth time leading the trip) and James Garcia-Prats (asst. soccer coach). Our resident photographer for the trip will be Isaac Heins, a senior English major with a minor in education. On our trip, there will be Luther students from across many classes, majors, and walks of life.
We are excited to share our travels with you through these letters and hope they find you well.
Jonathan, Emma, and Grant