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Fall 2016 Undergraduate English Courses: Seminars

358:422 Medieval Travel Narratives

01  MW5  CAC  10252  NOVACICH   SC-204

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.