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The Armchair Adventurer (FYS)
Fall 2018 not offered

At the turn of the 20th century, stories of travel, action, and adventure enjoyed enormous market success and cultural prominence. This course examines the interaction between the adventure stories told in popular-genre fiction--science fiction, seafaring tales, historical fiction, adventure stories, detective novels, romance, and children's literature--and their "high" literary cousins. In the first half of the course, we will read classic works of genre fiction to understand the appeal of these stories and storytelling modes, for both writers and readers, and to identify their generic structures, plots, and premises. In the second half of the course, we will turn to three works of literary fiction that emerged in a close conversation with these popular forms: Henry James's THE AMBASSADORS, E. M. Forster's A ROOM WITH A VIEW, and Joseph Conrad's LORD JIM.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)

Last Updated on JUN-19-2024
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