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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Michael Ackland


Previously coded ENH2660


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.


Students completing this unit will have gained:

  1. An historical sense of the development of 'travel writing' as genre, along with knowledge of the diversity of narrative modes and discourses it encompasses.
  2. Cultural knowledge of the relationship between travel writing and ideology, especially in specific, political and gendered contexts.
  3. A sophisticated understanding of contemporary theoretical approaches to travel.
  4. Critical perspectives on the production and consumption of travel writing.
  5. An understanding of the cultural nuances of 'travel' compared with 'tourism', and how these are manifested in literature.


Essay (2000 words): 50%
Class test (90 minutes): 20%
Short essay (1000 words): 20%
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies
Comparative literature and cultural studies


CLS2660, CLS3660