|Semester and Year||FA 2012|
|Time||9:30 AM - 10:45 AM|
|Foundation Requirement||HUM, PREMOD, EARLY|
Course meets during the first seven weeks only, September 4–October 18.
This course focuses on the literature of travel, from the ancient world of Homer and Herodotus to the Renaissance explorations of the New World. We focus on the conventions of the genre and how they evolved, the influence of myth and hero literature on the traveler’s tale, the construction of the Other and manifestations of Orientalism, the rhetorical implications of the writer’s motives and audience, the Old World’s encounter with the New, and the many social and political questions raised by travel. Readings may include selections from Homer’s Odyssey , Herodotus’ History of the Persian Wars , Travels of Marco Polo, The Travels of Ibn Battuta , The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus , The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca , and Shakespeare’s The Tempest .
Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)