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ENG4412 – Travel Literature

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Course content

Travel writing is an engaging and expanding field of study. This course will discuss a selection of fictional and non-fictional texts which can all be subsumed under the broad category of 'travel literature'. Focussing on narrative technique, structure, thematics, and generic variants and characteristics, the course will consider a number of travel narratives from the eighteenth century onwards. Paying attention to elements of history and context, the course is text-oriented. Since the issue of narrative looms large in travel writing, and since travel is a key concept in postcolonial studies, references will be made to narrative theory as well as postcolonial theory.

Learning outcome

One significant aim of the course is to acquire knowledge about the studied texts and about an important and popular literary genre. A related aim is to develop the student's ability to analyse and discuss travel narratives in the light of, and aided by, relevant theory.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master program in literature, LAP or other suitable master programs.


Seminar, two hours per week for ten weeks. Regular attendance and active participation is required, e.g. in the form of one or more oral presentations.


A term paper of 10 standard pages (topic to be decided between teacher and student).

All written papers must be accompanied by a declaration concerning cheating Obligatorisk erklæring vedr. fusk

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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Autumn 2007


Autumn 2007

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