SPAN-459 Travel Literature
This course explores the writing of the self and the Other represented in travel literature. We will concentrate in the negotiations between an observant I(eye) and the observed world. We will analyze the process through which the travelers attempt to describe, interpret and represent places and peoples distant and different from their own. We will read representative texts from travelers who come from several points in the world and who lived and wrote in different historical periods. Among the texts studieds are the following: Homer´s Odisea los Viajes de Marco Polo, el Libro de las Maravillas by John de Mandeville, ? The Travels of Ibn Batuta; the “Carta a Santangel” by Columbus, Pigafeta´s Primer viaje alrededor del mundo, The Discoveries of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana by Sir Walter Raleigh, Historia de la monja Alferez by Catalina de Erauso; Carlos Japoco Poncet´s Carta desde Etiopía. ;Peregrinaciones de un paria by Flora Tristan , Ryszard Kapuscinski´s Travels with Herodotus and Andrew Newman ´s novel El viajero del silo.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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