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Tales of Study Abroad cancelled

ENGL 102.920
instructor(s):
MW 1:15-5:05 pm
Sector III: Arts & Letters of the College's General Education Curriculum

While the twenty first century has made travel a ubiquitous phenomenon, the
idea of visiting remote locations, both within and outside the space of a
nation, has always been fraught with apprehension. The travel narrative is
synonymous with romantic adventure, often culminating in redemption for the
Western traveller. What happens when travel intersects with the formal
development of the individual? With this question in mind, we will explore
a slew of travel narratives including tourist adventures, educational
quests, immigrant journeys and stories of imprisonment and war. We will
examine different figures that emerge in these narratives ? the
international student, the cosmopolitan traveler, the finance professional,
the migrant worker and the post-9/11 prisoner.  How do they narrate their
experiences of travel, and can their stories have anything in common?
Furthermore, are all places equally accessible and narratable? What kind of
globe is rendered visible through their travel and what is left in
obscurity?

This course will consider cosmopolitan narratives that both conform and
depart from the travel genre. Students will engage with the materiality of
travel through novels, short stories, and films. Authors will include, but
are not limited to, Herman Melville, Paul Bowles, Samuel Selvon, James
Baldwin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Joseph O?Neill. Movies will include
Apocalypse Now, Around the World in Eighty Days, Lost in Translation, and
The Reluctant Fundamentalist. This course is designed to help students
think critically about the logic of comparison and develop a deeper
understanding of literary genre. Assignments will include three short
papers, one presentation, and active participation.