Contemporary African Literature – ENGL 139 – 3 Creditsand/or Special Topics in Creative Writing – ENGL 318 – 3 Credits *Independent Studies for Graduate and Undergraduate Students Can Be Arranged with Instructor, Prof. Sandy Florian, for a total of 6 credits
The CourseThis course is intended to explore aspects the Ghanaian and other West African Literatures while living for one month on the Atlantic shores of Cape Coast in Ghana. For students of Contemporary African Literature, it offers the unique opportunity to explore the subject through academic study and through personal experience with the environment and its writers. For students of Creative Writing, it offers the rare chance to explore their own writing as it becomes nourished by the foreignness of another country. Undergraduate students may take one course for 3 credits. They may also add a directed independent study by arrangement with instructor. Graduate students may take a directed independent study also by arrangement. Credits are transferable, so students of other colleges and universities are encouraged to participate. Classes will take place at the University of Cape Coast and include lectures, discussions, field trips, workshops, and group presentations. Cultural activities will include visits to the Cape Coast Castle, the West African Historical Museum, the Asafo shrines, the Artist Alliance Gallery, and Kakum National Park, and Hans Cottage Botel, with its famous Crocodile Pond.
Cape CoastCape Coast, Ghana, is a safe seaside city with many cultural and historical attractions, including The Cape Coast Castle, Fort William, Fort Victoria, Kotokuraba Market, the Asafo Shrines, and the Alliance Gallery. The city is located 18 miles south of Kakum National Park, one of the most diverse and best preserved national parks in West Africa. It is also within a ten minute drive to Elmina, another historical town which is home to the Elmina Castle, the oldest castle built along the coast of West Africa. English is the Lingua Franca. The climate is equatorial.
Living AccommodationsStudents and faculty will live in the Sasakawa Chalets in the heart of the University of Cape Coast. Dining will take place in the University Guest Chalet Restaurant.
CostIndividual cost is $5,000 including airfare, room and board, transportation, and excursion fees. Limited funding is available through scholarship for WVU English Department majors.
For More InformationPlease contact Prof. Sandy Florian at Sandy.Florian@mail.wvu.edu or (304) 293-9704.
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