Around the World in 61 Days
From Gullivers Travels and The Mosquito Coast, to The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Travels with Charley, people have been both entertained and horrified by books and films that delve into why and where people travel and what they find when they get there. Travel literature and film emerges as a prominent genre in virtually all times and cultures. Travel narratives mediate between fact and fiction. They raise issues concerning power and self-perception, cultural representation as well as imagination. This course examines a variety of exciting voyages through the ages. Selected readings and film include accounts of actual travelers, purely fictional works and metaphoric narratives of moral and spiritual quests.