Reading and Writing Travel (LIT4265.01)

Benjamin Anastas

In her poem “Questions of Travel,” Elizabeth Bishop writes, Should we have stayed at home and thought of here? / Where should we be today? / Is it right to be watching strangers at play / In this strangest of theaters? This is the lament of every traveler, and the restlessness of these lines speaks directly to the literary practice we call ‘travel writing.’ We will examine the rich tradition of travel literature (non-fiction) and the ways travel and cultural collision have often animated the short story and the novel (fiction). In doing so, we’ll hit the road with dropouts, mystics, émigrés and exiles from Goethe’s time to our own, and
 locate
 common 
themes
 in
 travel writing across 
continents and historical 
periods.

 In
 addition,
 students will
 embark
 on
 their 
own 
journeys 
as 
travel writers,
 using
 the travel experiences they’ve catalogued as the basis for regular written exercises that will be workshopped.

Corequisite: Students are required to attend all Literature Evenings and Poetry at Bennington events (typically held on alternating Wednesdays at 7:00pm).

Prerequisites: Interested students should submit a writing sample to banastas@bennington.edu by November 3, 2015. Class lists will be posted outside the Literature office on November 7.
Credits: 4
T 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 15
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