The Armchair Adventurer|
Fall 2017 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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Conan Doyle, ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES; Conrad, LORD JIM; Forster, A ROOM WITH A VIEW; Barrie, PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS; Kipling, KIM; James, THE AMBASSADORS; Stevenson, KIDNAPPED; Stoker, DRACULA; Wells, THE TIME MACHINE; Wilde, "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime: A Study of Duty"; Wodehouse, PICADILLY JIM
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three (3-4p.) essays with substantial revisions; five (1-2p.) essays or writing assignments; one final paper (4-5p.)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a writing-intensive class focused centrally on the development of students' skills in analytical writing. We will spend time in class and outside of class in writing workshops, and much attention will be given to the development of an essay from start to finish, including pre-writing and reading strategies, drafting and composition, and revision. Students will be expected to attend frequent workshops with the instructor and with writing tutors.