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....The Journey of the Self

 

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Literature of Travel and Adventure: The Journey of the Self
(Spring, 2004)

 

Travel as a way of seeing the world and inventing the self is older than Odysseus and more intelligent than “Road Rules.” Examining a variety of different types of travel writing, students will enjoy the journeys and stories of other adventurers while planning their own travel adventure.  Students take a special one day journey as an “authentic traveler,” and compose their own travelogue. Students will also design a “dream” journey for future use, a trip built on their research of some earlier traveler’s journey. For some juniors who elect to do so, the course will include studying and then retracing the first section of the “Trail Of Tears,” the route of the  removal of the Cherokee Nation in 1838-39. This “Signature Experience” part of the course will include a ten day camping and bicycle journey in eastern Tennessee (June 15-26, 2004). A special course fee will be required of students engaged in the “Trail of Tears” project.

 

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.

                                      -- Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad