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LIT 370: Magic of Archival Research in Cornwall (1 unit – 4 credits, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts)

Dates: July 10 – 28, 2017

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9th, 11:30PM, Bliss room 148

Program Director: Dr. Michele Lise Tarter, Professor of English

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)


Would you like to travel back in time to the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? Or have class in Merlin’s Cave, walk in medieval Druid forests, and visit ancient stone circles and holy wells? And, most importantly, conduct archival research in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, learning about the earliest healers, spells, and magic? Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime class in Cornwall, England this summer!

We will live in a Bed & Breakfast, eat delicious full Cornish breakfasts each morning, and visit some of the most beautiful sites in all the world!  This special topics course will conduct groundbreaking archival research at the world-renowned Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall, England. Working with primary manuscripts that have never been studied before, students (graduate and undergraduate) will consider the many ways that these materials can be archived, analyzed, and understood in the broader cultural context of witchcraft today. While living in Tintagel, set on the rocky cliffs by the Cornish sea and right atop Merlin’s cave, students will read and explore the history and narratives of witchcraft across the ages, with particular focus on Arthurian legends which attempted to bring together the pagan and Christian worlds.


    • hike along sea cliffs
    • exploration of caves and beaches
    • walk in medieval Druid forests
    • visits to ancient Holy Wells and sacred waterfalls
    • immersion in traditional Cornish culture
    • day trip to the breathtaking seaside artists’ colony of St. Ives
    • day trip to the magical waterfall of St. Nectan’s Glen, where King Arthur’s knights went for blessing before searching for the Holy Grail
    • day trip to Glastonbury (alleged site where King Arthur and Guinevere are buried), with visits to the Tor, the Abbey, and the Holy Chalice Well
    • visit to Kindred Spirits on Bodmin Moor, including archery, dowsing, dinner and campfire, live music
    • Tour of King Arthur’s Castle ruins
    • Seacliff walk to medieval St. Materiana’s Church
    • One night in city of London

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Please take only a minute – that’s all you’ll need! – to watch this fantastic video of the TCNJ Cornwall program!

Still have time?  Then check out the video created by our Summer 2013 students in Cornwall!

Summer 2017 Program Fee: $4032.88
Budget Sheet

Payment Plan:
$1127.63 due on March 25
$1127.63 due on April 25
$1127.63 due on May 25

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.