A Creative Writing Seminar
What richer city landscape and culture to inspire
writing than London-town. This city where Shakespeare held
court. William Blake’s on again, off again muse. Dickens’ social
burden yet undying love. The city to spawn Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and
James Bond. It is a city of many guises, dominant across many historical
eras, but still it remains the city, the place called London. In this
writing-based, thematic course, we will immerse in the “place” of London as we
walk its physical, temporal, and cultural landscape. We’ll dive into relevant writings across genres, exploring the London locales to inspire
these works or where the writer lived or was his frequent haunt. We
will also delve into some of the significant films and principle music inspired
by or situated in the city of London. In the last fifty years, in fact,
music more than anything has captured the sense of London in its time and
place—songs from the likes of the Beatles to the Clash, the Sex Pistols and
Blur, Elvis Costello and Robyn Hitchcock, and most recently Adele, Amy
Winehouse, and P.J. Harvey. Other writers considered in this course
include Sarah Kane, Harold Pinter, Jez Butterworth, Edward Bond, Mark Ravenhill, and Zadie Smith. Ultimately, through our study,
experience, and imagining, each student will write their own sense of London,
its place, its mystery, its secrets, its nightmares and dreams.
Location: London, England
NY departure and return dates: July 6–August 4, 2015Arrive in London the morning of July 7th
Course: English 162, Literature and Place (3 credits)
Faculty: Professor Tyler Rivenbark
Cost (includes all expenses below): $3850
CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $780
Travel insurance: $45
Consultation fee (housing, tours, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner): $3025
Not included in the above cost:
Airfare: $1000 - $1300 (estimate)
Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $25 to $30 per day.
Application Deadline April 2, 2015
Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.
Scholarships available for Queens College students!
Education Abroad Office
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, New York 11367-1597
Email: Education Abroad
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