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Cross-Cultural Collaboration-Spring 2008: A Conversation about Emily Dickinson

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, is a research intensive university with a comprehensive coverage of engineering disciplines.

The engineering students have a range of electives to choose from and the students in this exchange on poetry take the course "Fiction for Engineers," taught by Magnus Gustafsson. So, the students come from a variety of engineering disciplines and are all MSc students with at least one year of their programme completed. The seminar meets once a week and apart from discussing the set texts, it is also geared towards preparing the students for their term paper assignment. The poetry exchange will form a part of their journal assignment and can be used as a starter for their term papers. Although English is not the first language of these students, half of whom are international students on a variety of exchange programs, the course is conducted in English like many of the fourth year courses at Chalmers and some of the electives.

Clemson University is a land-grant university in Clemson, South Carolina, USA.

The graduate seminar "Victorian Poetry," taught by Art Young, focuses on writers in nineteenth-century England, especially Matthew Arnold, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, and Alfred Tennyson. We are also interested in larger issues such as how and why people read poetry and how readers from different literary periods (or countries) might interpret poems differently. In addition to reading poetry and criticism, the students are writing poems themselves as well as writing critical analyses and other genres. This international online exchange is a key part of their portfolio and its accompanying reflective essay.

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