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Spring Break 2017, Paris

The Melting House outside la Gare du Nord, Paris

Paris: Absurd and Experimental

(ENGL 3025, 3 cr, GDA, LIT)

Instructor: Professor Elise Takehana, no pre-requisites

Reason unraveled in Paris between the 1920s and 1960s and this course will focus on a string of literary movements that embraced the unconscious, absurd, and experimental. As we read, we will also look at related fields that our writers and poets pulled from including visual arts, music, cinema, and philosophy. The course will survey Dada, Surrealism, the Lost Generation, Nouveau Roman, Absurdism, Pataphysics, and the Oulipo. Students could choose to create original creative work or conduct literary or cultural research.

Click here to apply to this program.

Sample of the cultural activities and excursions included in this program:

  • Musée-Placard d'Erik Satie
  • Espace Dali
  • Galerie de Variétés and Galerie Montmartre
  • Musée du Montparnasse
  • Tour of St. Germain (Hemingway and Stein trail)
  • Place St. Sulpice
  • Cimetière de Montparnasse
  • Montparnasse street art tour
  • ...and many others, including walks along the Champs Elysee and Tour de Eiffel.

Program dates:
(dates are approximate until tickets are purchased)

Depart from Boston – March 10, 2017

Arrive Paris – March 11, 2017

Return to Boston – March 19, 2017

Program Fees:

$3500.00, this is an estimated budget!

Click here for a budget for this program that can be submitted to Financial Aid.

Program fee includes... Roundtrip airfare, housing, in-country transportation, medical insurance, breakfast.
...but does not include Meals, spending money
Payment Schedule:
All payments are made at Student Accounts

Deposit: $250 due by December 2, 2016

Payment #1:December 9, 2016: $1250

Final Payment: January 13, 2017: $2000

Refund Policy After January 13, 2017 all money paid is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitchburg State University.