The Armchair Adventurer (FYS)|
Fall 2020 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, historical romance, detective novels, children's literature, stories of overseas adventure, etc.--and their "high" literary cousins. We will read classic works of genre fiction in order to understand the appeal of these stories and storytelling modes, for both writers and readers, and to identify their generic structures, plots, and premises. And we will examine how prestige-oriented fiction drew from, adapted, and altered these conventions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Conan Doyle, A STUDY IN SCARLET; Conrad, LORD JIM; Forster, A ROOM WITH A VIEW; Kipling, KIM; James, THE TURN OF THE SCREW; Stevenson, TREASURE ISLAND; Wells, THE TIME MACHINE; Wodehouse, PICADILLY JIM; Bennett, THE GRAND BABYLON HOTEL; Haggard, KING SOLOMON¿S MINES.
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five writing assignments; three essay drafts; three essay revisions; two grammar and style revisions; final paper.
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