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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: January Interim
  • Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
**This course fulfills the Humanities requirement (HUMN) in the Challenge Curriculum. 
Parliament and Big BenPhoto by Eva Dang on Unsplash

Experience two dynamic, global cities with rich literary and cultural histories while learning about the modernist period

  • Stay in London's Bloomsbury neighborhood and conduct research at the British Library.
  • Visit famous museums and historic homes including the Tate Britain museum of art in London and Charleston House and Gardens in the British countryside.
  • Experience iconic England by taking high tea and skating at Somerset House.
  • Stay in the Latin Quarter on Paris's famously artistic and intellectual Left Bank.
  • Visit iconic Paris sites including the Eiffel Tower and the Cafe les Deux Magots.
  • Visit art and design museums.
  • Have a night out at Parisian jazz club known for recreating the music and aesthetic of the 1920s.
  • This course is approved for the HUMN requirement in the Challenge Curriculum. It also can count toward the English major and fulfills one of the two IEX requirements in the Liberal Arts Perspective Curriculum.
“Make it new!” This oft-repeated phrase attributed to the poet Ezra Pound captures the zeitgeist of Modernist Period. Globally, the turn of the century was a time of rapid change, particularly in the West where technological and industrial advancements coupled with social changes were completely transforming human living, especially in urban centers. Writers, artists, designers, and intellectuals strove to reinvent arts and culture for the new era, ostensibly rejecting the past and working across disciplines, countries, and cultures to create the “new.” The period also saw unprecedented literary migrations and creative collaborations. Many writers from the America--T.S. Eliot and Langston Hughes to name a few--ended up in London or Paris where they crossed paths, influenced, and were influenced by other writers, artists, and thinkers from across Europe who were also drawn to these cultural capitals.

In London, we will literally follow in Eliot’s footsteps, encountering the sites that informed his masterwork, “The Wasteland.” We will also examine the work, lives, and habitats of the influential Bloomsbury Group of writers, artists, and intellectuals centered around the author Virginia Woolf and her artist sister Vanessa Bell. In Paris, we begin at the legendary Shakespeare and Company, a literary hub for expatriate writers. We will visit the iconic sites, cafes, and artistic works captured in the memoirs of Sylvia Beech, the owner of Shakespeare and Company, and Ernest Hemingway, one of her famous patrons. We will also examine the city’s unique and social and cultural history. Paris embraced and celebrated diverse creators like Josephine Baker, Ada 'Bricktop' Smith, Coco Chanel, and Gertrude Stein, whose race, socioeconomic status, gender and/or sexuality made them cultural outsiders elsewhere.

Parisian CaféPhoto by Camille Brodard on Unsplash

London's Bloomsbury neighborhood has a long literary history. While made famous by the Bloomsbury Group of authors, artists, and intellectuals who lived and met there in the first part of the 20th century, it is also home to famous publishers, bookstores, and located between the British Library and British Museum.

Since the turn of the century, Paris's left bank has been considered the bohemian and intellectual enclave of the city. It was home to countless authors and artists including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Colette, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Baldwin. The Latin Quarter is the historically intellectual, student neighborhood and home to the Sorbonne as well as many art and book vendors, including the landmark Shakespeare & Company. The store, formerly owned by American Sylvia Beach, not only sold books, it also published them. It famously put out controversial works that could not find publishers in the UK or US, including James Joyce's Ulysses

Academic Calendar
Expected dates
Fall 2021: TBD orientation meetings on campus. Please contact Dr. Parmar if you will be studying away during Fall 2021.
Study away arrival date: Jan 4, 2022 (students will most likely need to depart the U.S. on Jan. 3 to arrive on Jan. 4)
Study away return date: Jan 17, 2022

Faculty Leader
Nissa Parmar, English
Nissa Parmar is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English. Her research and teaching interests are Modern and contemporary poetry, post-colonial literature, and environmental humanities. Her publications include Multicultural Poetics: Re-visioning the American Canon (SUNY Press) and Mapping the Self: Place, Identity, Nationality (Cambridge Scholars). She completed an MA of Literature and a PhD at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. In addition to her time living in the UK, she has lived and taught in Egypt and traveled extensively. 

Anticipated accommodations will include hotels and youth hostels.

Tea timePhoto by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash

Program Costs
The final program fee will be $4,400 to $4,750, depending upon final arrangements and course enrollment.  The fee will cover all lodging and local transportation in France and the UK; two meals per day; supplemental travel accident and sickness insurance; and instruction, guides, activities, entrance fees and excursions.  Students should budget approximately $1,200 to $1,500 to cover their round-trip flight to Europe, the cost of one meal per day, and personal expenses. 

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. 

Application Deadline
Students must complete the online application by May 1, 2021. 

Entry visas and passports
U.S. citizens are allowed visa free visits of up to 90 days in France and the UK. All students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Bryan Messerly to check about possible additional visa needs. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2022, by the start of Fall 2021 semester.

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.

This program is currently not accepting applications.