Peruvian Literature in Translation - PROGRAM CANCELLED


English 214:  Studies in International Literature, 3 credits (CRN 20074)
English 488:  Advanced Studies in World Literature, 3 credits (CRN 20075)


For Eng 488: Eng 398 or Permission of Instructor


A limited number of $750 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

Peru, home to the 15th-century Inca city of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has produced some of the finest South American literature. Students will read Nobel Prize winning fiction writer Mario Vargas Llosa and modernist poetic innovator César Vallejo, as well as other important Peruvian writers such as Rodolfo Hinostroza, Blanca Verela and Daniel Alarcón, in addition to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Machu Picchu, a book-length poem about ancient Incan civilization.

The trip will begin and end in Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital city, with many sites of interest, especially the Historic Center of Old Lima, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Plaza Mayor, the Monastery of San Francisco, the Cathedral and the Museum of the Inquisition.

From Lima we will travel to Arequipa, famous for its colonial architecture, monuments, parks and gardens.  We will tour the Santa Catalina convent, a complex essentially unchanged for 400 years, where for centuries cloistered nuns lived cut off from the outside world. Arequipa is also a center of Peruvian cuisine, both traditional and contemporary.

After a stay in spectacular Colca Canyon (where we will probably see condors), we continue to Puno on the shore of legendary Lake Titicaca.  A boat tour of the lake includes the manmade reed islands inhabited by the Uros people, and Taquile Island, one of the last holdouts of the Inca against the Spanish conquest.  

After a bus ride through unforgettable altiplano scenery, we’ll arrive at the Inca capital city of Cuzco, an amazing cultural experience.  In addition to scheduled tours, students will have ample time to explore Cuzco on their own, including the Barrio de San Blas, a neighborhood housing artisans and craft shops, with steep, narrow stone streets and a 16th century parish church; the Plaza de Armas, where Pizarro made his proclamation in conquering Cuzco; and an archaeological museum containing mummies and sacred idols. We will spend time discussing the existence of two cultures alongside one another, the Spanish and the Native, and what effects the conjunction of the two have had.

In the environs of Cuzco we will visit Sacsayhuamán (the most celebrated Inca fortress), Pisac (site of a market that has taken place for centuries), and Ollantaytambo (the best surviving example of Inca town planning).  The highlight of the trip will be our excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu, the mysterious “city in the clouds” that was lost to history for over 400 years until its rediscovery in 1911.

These experiences will deepen students’ understanding of Peruvian literature.  Students will write a culminating paper integrating their experiences in Peru with a close examination of the course’s required reading. This course is available for General Education credit (ENG 214) as well as Major credit (ENG 488), with the latter course having greater requirements. Peru is home to one of the most ancient cultures in the Americas, and students will have a transformative journey learning about Inca civilization and South American literature.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, most meals, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form


$3,195 per person

Travel Dates

December 28- January  11, 2014

Faculty Directors

Prof. Tom Hazuka
English Department
(860) 832-2762

Prof. Ravi Shankar
English Department
(860) 832-2766

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