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On Location: London/Paris aka Photography and the Written Word

This program offers a collaborative perspective on the cultural intersections of literature and photography in the cities of London and Paris. As part of this program, students will collectively engage in a study of the literature and cultures of the United Kingdom and France, paying particular attention to the cities they will visit. They will explore the cities’ rich histories while taking active part in their specific programs of study, depending on the course in which they are enrolled.  Participants in either course will have collective experiences and excursions primarily when in London and Paris; differentiated course instruction will take place before departure, in the required meetings, as well as during the trip.  Photography students will take a number of excursions to various locations in both London and Paris to capture the unique culture and people of the cities. The focus of this experience will be research: through their educational experiences in the program, students will learn how to become immersed in and capture a culture through the photographers lens.  The students of ENGL 205 will focus on the various nuances of perspective or point of view that emerge at the intersections of high and low culture, national and international culture, and native and foreign identity.

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Location: London, England; Paris, France 
Program Dates: May 12 – June 6, 2014
Instructor(s): Tripthi Pillai, Ph.D.
Easton Selby, MFA
Program Fee (not including Tuition): $5,470
Tuition Fee: $350/credit hour 
Courses Offered:

ENG 205 (Literature and Culture) - 3 credits
ARTS 499 (Street Photography and the Flaneur) - 3 credits

Prerequisites: ENG 205 - None
ARTS 499 - Permission of Instructor 
Do any of the course(s) satisfy core curriculum requirements? ENG 205 - Core Goal 4 or Core Goal 5B
ARTS 499 - Core Goal 5B
Is a Passport required? Yes, students must have a valid passport to participate on this program.
Are vaccinations needed to participate? Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.  Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for your destination.

Course Descriptions

ENG 205 (Literature and Culture): This course focuses on the intersections of literary and visual cultures that emerge in the context of English and French settings, specifically the streets of London and Paris. Materials covered in the course will emphasize literal and metaphorical points of view or perspective. In your study, you will conjoin these elements with analyses of the diverse forms and processes by which authors, artists, readers, and viewers simultaneously are influenced by and create the environments within which they operate as artists, critical thinkers, and contributors to contemporary culture. In particular, the course will enable you to take active part in the analyses of literary and aesthetic phenomena that consolidate your lived experiences in and of London and Paris.

Literature and Culture is one of the courses listed in the University’s Core curriculum and may be taken by students to fulfill the Goal 4 Core requirement. Because this particular section of Literature and Culture is part of a study-abroad program, those students that have already satisfied their Core goal 4 requirements but are interested in taking the course may use it to fulfill the University’s Core Goal 5B requirement.

ARTS 499 (Street Photography and the Flâneur): This is photography studio course focuses on the experience of street photography. In this course students will discuss the historical and cultural significance of the flâneur and how a photographer can live life through the lens. While abroad the students will learn how to negotiate and photograph, in a documentary style, a culture that is unfamiliar.  In the end the students of this course will complete a body of work that is specific to their personal vision as seen through the historical concepts of street photography and the flâneur. Due to the nature of this course and the time spent abroad students can use this course to waive Core Goal 5B.

About the Program Leaders

Tripthi PillaiDr. Tripthi Pillai is Assistant Professor of British Renaissance literature in the department of English. Her areas of expertise include Renaissance drama, critical theory, and cultural studies. Originally from India, Tripthi has spent several years living and studying abroad, specifically in the UK and other Commonwealth nations, France, and Italy. She networks and collaborates actively with the faculty and staff at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and at King’s College in London, both valuable educational and cultural sources that would enrich students’ experiences of short-term study in England. 




Easton SelbyEaston Selby is an Associate Professor of Photography and Associate Department Chair for the Department of Visual Arts. Selby grew up in Mississippi where he received his B.F.A. from Delta State University in 2003 and  his M.F.A. from Clemson University in Clemson, SC in 2006. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows throughout the United States, and his work is in several collections including the permanent collection of Delta State University. Selby’s work has also been published in Delta Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, and Canadian Art Magazine. He is the 2008 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for photography. As for his experience abroad, Selby lived in Genoa, Italy and has traveled extensively around the world. Most recently he and Assistant Professor Scott Mann took a group of students for a two week short-term study abroad to China.

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Maymester/Short-Term Online Application

Be prepared to supply the following information at the time you apply: 

- Statement of purpose (a Word document or PDF)
- An academic reference
- Copy of your transcript
- A health form and participation fitness certification

For More Information, Please Contact:

The Office of International Programs & Services
Ms. Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Coordinator/Advisor, Study Abroad 
843-349-2684 / lori@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119