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Travel Narratives

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1693
Section 001
Instructor Steve Hutkins
Days Tue,Thu
Time 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 2.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM


Course meets 3/20 - 5/3 only.


This course examines several nineteenth- and twentieth-century travel narratives in an exploration of the experience of travel and the many questions it raises about social identity and cultural difference, the traveler's search for adventure and “authenticity,” the relationship between tourism and colonialism, and the pervasive use of travel metaphors in the discourse of postmodernism. Readings will include a variety of nonfiction travel books, such as Flaubert in Egypt , Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London , Chatwin's Songlines , Theroux's The Old Patagonian Express , Phillips’ The European Tribe , and Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place,  as well as scholarly articles about the genre of travel narrative and the sociology of travel.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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