Travel Writing

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Travel Writing

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will introduce students to the genre of travel writing. Drawing on a wide range of material produced in different countries and languages, and covering a broad historical spectrum, this course aims to familiarise students with different forms of the genre, including but not limited to documentaries, ethnographies, philosophical journeys, fictionalised and eyewitness accounts. As well as encouraging students to interrogate the relationship between the individual form and the genre, the course will also address key thematic concerns related to the study of travel writing, which might include colonialism and postcolonialism, cultural translation and transmission, empire, feminism, and war.
    You may also find it helpful to look at some general studies of travel writing and examples of contemporary travel writing before the course starts. Three good examples are: Carl Thompson (2011) Travel Writing: The New Critical Idiom (London: Routledge); Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs (eds) (2002) The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (Cambridge: CUP); and Paul Theroux (2000) Fresh-Air Fiend. Travel Writings, 1985-2000 (London: Hamish Hamilton Ltd).

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