14130: Voyage Out: Travel and Writing

09/10 Session, Semester 2

Basic Information

Module Level Level 6
Nature of Study Taught Module
Credits 20
European Credit Transfer Scheme 10
Probable Attendance 30
Location Hull Campus
This module is not available as a Free Elective
This module is not available as a postgraduate training module
This module is available to Exchange students

Module Rationale

The module's focus on travel offers a dynamic approach to issues of empire, race, gender, history and politics. The module will complement and develop interest in 'Women, Writing, Travel' on the MA in Women and Gender. The module is developed from staff research interest in the literature of travel.

Aims and Distinctive Features

To introduce students to the literature of travel. To cultivate knowledge of the genre of travel writing. To introduce students to the complex and heterogeneous engagements between cultures.
To provide students with the critical and theoretical skills to interpret cross-cultural encounters. To develop an awareness of the genre's convergence with contemporaneous social and cultural preoccupations including race, gender and sexuality.

Learning Outcomes

The module has the following Learning Outcomes:

  • 1: Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the conventions of the genre and its historical and critical development as well as the relationship between discourses of travel and more conventional literary forms.
  • 2: Demonstrate critical knowledge of key texts and the ability to perform effective close readings of texts.
  • 3: Employ a range of key critical and theoretical approaches analyzing these texts.
  • 4: Locate these texts within their cultural, political and socio-historical frameworks. Interrogate the stability of modes of representation in a colonial and postcolonial context.
  • 5: Demonstrate skills in essay writing, having gathered and organised material into a coherent and structured essay following the conventions for essay presentation as stipulated in the Student Handbook.

Learning and Teaching Strategies

The following learning and teaching strategies are used within this module:

  • Two-hour seminars every week. These will provide contextual information for the texts under discussion; deploy current theoretical and critical strategies for an understanding of issues/texts; explain ways of understanding the texts within their socio-historical and political contexts; engage in close textual readings.
  • Consultation tutorials by appointment. These allow students to discuss any specific aspect of the module content that is of interest/concern to them.

Assessment Strategies

The following assessment strategies are used within this module:

  • 1 x 2000-word presentation essay (40%)
  • 1 x 3000-word essay (60%)
  • In order to pass the module, you must pass both elements of assessment

Reassessment Strategy

Reassessment will take the same form as the initial assessment for this module.

Arrangements for Revision and Private Study

The timetable will incorporate a seminar on revision. The Easter break will provide a natural break for essay preparation. Support will be provided by means of staff office hours.

Module Constraints

No pre/post-requisite requirements have been recorded for this module.

Indicative Content

The consideration of travel writing in this module provides a dynamic approach to issues of empire, race, gender, history and politics. Module content will cover diaries, memoirs, letters and film. The module examines the relationships between discourses of travel and more conventional literary forms. The module deals primarily with twentieth- and twenty-first century texts, but is attentive to earlier discourses of travel. In addition, it investigates how contemporary writing actively engages with, interpellates and re-presents earlier travel narratives. Much current critical work on travel writing is structured within postcolonial and feminist frameworks, and as such, the module will engage with, but will not be limited to, these theoretical approaches. The interrogation of both the act of travel, and its inscription within diverse literary forms, as modes of encounter between cultures, functions to complement existing provision in the department but does not overlap with currently available modules, such as those dealing with modern and contemporary fiction and postcolonial literature.


DR C WYNNE Lecturer

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