E 324 • Great Adventures
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Will Not Count Toward a Major in English.
Great journeys of the past have inspired much great writing, and this tradition continues to the present. At a time when tourism has triumphed over travel and when you can surf the Web while drinking a Coke throughout much of the world, the possibilities of adventure travel have been rediscovered by some of the best writers living today.
We will begin the course with Apsley Cherry-Garrard's classic account of the exploration of Antarctica, which has been called the War and Peace of travel literature. Then we'll read Dervla Murphy's tale of a bicycle trip from Ireland to India, Redmond O'Hanlon's humorous account of a journey to the center of Borneo, Robyn Davidson's solo odyssey across the Australian desert with four camels and a dog, and Jon Krakauer's account of the disaster on Mt. Everest.
You will keep a reading journal, which you will share with the class. You'll also write a travel essay, an essay on a travel or adventure book beyond our course, and an essay on an issue in travel or adventure literature raised by more than one book.
Reading journal (10 entries, 200-400 words each) 20%
Travel essay (5 pages) 25%
Essay on a travel book (4 pages) 25%
Essay on an issue in travel or adventure literature (5-7 pages) 30%
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World, Penguin Classics, 2006, ISBN 0-14-303938-5
Dervla Murphy, Full Tilt, Overlook, 1987, ISBN 0-87951-248-2
Redmond O'Hanlon, Into the Heart of Borneo, Vintage, 1987, ISBN 0-394-75540-5
Robyn Davidson, Tracks, Vintage, 1995, ISBN 0-679-76287-6
Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air, Knopf, 1999. ISBN 0-385-49478-5