||This course meets Goal Areas 2, 6 and 10. This course is an in-depth study of travel literature. This course will primarily focus on modern travel literature, but some readings of early explorers will establish context for the changes within the genre, for example, from medieval pilgrimages and the Victorian Grand Tour to travelogues and road narratives. The course will also address various purposes for travel such as adventure, exploration and spirituality, as well as trends in modern travel writing such as blogs and eco-tourism.
- Identify literary elements, terms, and concepts related to the travel literature genre.
- Analyze the readings that are comprised of novels, poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs, letters, or any other relevant texts.
- Identify the geographical and environmental contexts of the travel texts.
- Relate genres and themes to the authors' backgrounds and historical contexts.
- Explain how travel literature has evolved and its context in the literary world.
- Differentiate between contemporary and historical reactions to travel literature.
- Interpret the literature within the framework of contemporary theoretical or historical contexts.
- Construct and write analytical essays about the readings.
- Participate in small and large group literary discussions.
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