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Americans Abroad: The Literature and Politics of Travel, 1675-1975
AMST 312
Spring 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 314

In an age of global production, migration, and war, tourism remains one of the largest components of the global economy. This course looks at the cultural history of American travel from the 1670s to the 1970s, focusing on the rise of high-culture tourism from the 1820s through the 1870s, a period in which journalists, artists, and literary professionals aided the nascent "leisure industry" in the construction of ways of seeing and being that have informed numerous aspects of American culture from consumerism to the construction of individual and national identity. Through a close study of literary and visual art, we will raise what Elizabeth Bishop calls, in one of our primary texts, "questions of travel": What kinds of knowledge has tourism produced? How has "difference" traveled? Can travel be anti-imperial or counter-hegemonic? What is the relation between travel and other forms of global intercourse such as commerce and war? In addition to our primary texts, we will read influential critical works such as Dean McCannel's TOURISM: A NEW THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS, Mary Louise Pratt's IMPERIAL EYES, and Steve Clark's collection, TRAVEL WRITING AND EMPIRE. Fieldtrips to the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Yale Art Gallery also may be required.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: [ENGL203 or AMST155] OR [ENGL203 or AMST155]
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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