Elias Canetti. The Voices of Marrakesh. , 1967
Contemporary Travel Narratives
Travel narratives provide a rich opportunity to examine the relationship between texts and cultures. This unit explores 20th century travel narratives in conjunction with contemporary theories about travel and travel writing. It enables students to engage with a wide range of texts (from travel theory to travel writing, novels, and film) in a stimulating critical framework. Key issues pertinent to contemporary literary and cultural studies are addressed, including questions about cross-cultural encounters; the legacies of colonialism and empire and continuing forms of imperialism; the tourist gaze; writing the travelling self; technology and modernity; postmodern travel and narrative; and metaphors of travel and their particularized use in contemporary theory.
Bruce Chatwin. In Patagonia. , 1977
Caryl Phillips. The Atlantic Sound. , 2001
Coursework: 100%. This comprises a piece or pieces of writing that make up to 5000 words in total, but with an option as to methodology in terms of essay length(s). You can choose ONE of the following options:
1. A 1000 word critical exercise due on 4pm Monday 30 March 2009 (worth 30% of your overall mark) PLUS a 4000 word research essay due on 4pm Friday 22 May 2009 (worth 70% of your overall mark)
2. ONE stand-alone research essay of 5000 words due on 4pm Friday 22 May 2009 and worth 100% of your overall mark