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Here and There: the Literature of Travel (6 points)


Leader: Robin Gerster

Caulfield First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Within an English-language context and within a broad historical timeframe, this unit examines a range of rationales and motivations for travel. In particular, it looks at the ways the travel experience (actual or imaginary) has found expression in literature. Texts range from accounts of medieval pilgrimages, through imaginary voyages and utopian fantasies, New World travellers' tales and the Grand Tour, through to contemporary devlopments in the genre including the (post)modern 'travel novel', the anthropology of travel and the rise to prominence of the popular travel writer.

Assessment: Essay (2000 words): 50% + class test (90 minutes): 20% + Short essay (1000 words): 20% + participation: 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prohibitions: CLS2660, CLS3660

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