Welcome to the Department of English at Rutgers University

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This course explores the relationship between travel and writing. We will read examples of romance adventure and religious pilgrimage, visionary voyages across cosmic realms and even early modern transatlantic exploration. Texts include Mandeville’s Travels, Gawain and the Green Knight, The Voyage of Saint Brendan, the Vinland Sagas, Sir Orfeo, and Hakluyt’s Voyages and Discoveries. Throughout, we will investigate the ways in which writers negotiate shifting boundaries between “here” and “there;” center and periphery; familiar and strange; and new and old, creating categories and distinctions that their narratives often unsettle. You will be responsible for pursuing your own research within these broad topic areas. There will be a number of short written assignments, a longer essay (12-15 pages) due at the end of the term, and a series of short, unannounced reading quizzes. 

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Upcoming Events

28 Mar 2018;
01:00PM - 04:00PM
CCA Pragmatism Working Group
30 Mar 2018;
10:00AM - 05:00PM
Slavery's Reinventions, a Symposium
04 Apr 2018;
08:00PM -
Writers at Rutgers Reading Series | Tracy K. Smith
20 Apr 2018;
12:00PM - 03:00PM
Americanist Seminar Hosts Jane Thrailkill, UNC


 Undergraduate Students


Graduate Program in English


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