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The Beach: Exploring the Literature of the Atlantic Shore

by hms181 — Posted Feb 01, 2016 02:56 PM

(Credits of English 181C, GH and US; and 1.5 Credits of Kinesiology 001, GHA)

Low Country South Carolina is a land of romance and mystery.  Just a few miles up the coast from the fast-growing city of Charleston is a rural area that can give one a sense of that romance and mystery as it existed in the now dimly remembered past.  In class we read writers inspired by this area and we try to learn enough about the cultures of the Lowcountry to be more than tourists when we visit there.

Over Spring Break  we will travel to coastal South Carolina, near Charleston, for a week of paddling kayaks and learning, featuring visits with local writers and to historical sites, and exploration of the varied landscapes of Low Country South Carolina, from cypress swamps and tidal marshes to barrier islands.  This is the most wildlife rich of the Adventure Literature field trips: The class often sees dolphins, alligators, lizards, owls and eagles, and we occasionally sight river otters, swallow-tailed kites, and the rare red-cockaded woodpecker.

Class Meetings and Field Trip for Spring 2017

Class meets each Tuesday of the semester from 6:00 to 7:30

Late-February: A day of kayak instruction and training in the pool at McCoy Natatorium

March, during Spring Break:  Low Country expedition with Nature Adventure Outfitters of Awendaw, SC, the premier kayak outfitters in the Charleston area (http://kayakcharlestonsc.com/)