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The Beach: Exploring the Literature of the Atlantic Shore

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

Lowcountry South Carolina is a land of romance, mystery, and complex natural and cultural entanglement. In class we read writers inspired by their time in the marshes and barrier islands of the Lowcountry, as well as writing from multiple disciplines that helps us understand the history, culture, and ecology of the region.

Over Spring Break  we travel to coastal South Carolina, near Charleston, for a week of paddling kayaks and learning, featuring visits with local writers, journeys to historical sites, and exploration of the varied landscapes of the southeastern Atlantic coast.  This is the most wildlife rich of the Adventure Literature field trips: dolphins, alligators, lizards, owls and eagles are among the animals we frequently encounter, and we occasionally sight river otters, swallow-tailed kites, and the rare red-cockaded woodpecker.

Class Meetings and Field Trip for "The Beach: Exploring the Literature of the Atlantic Coast"

Class meets each Tuesday of the semester from 6:00 to 8:00PM.

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/).