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JOUR 2239 Travel Writing (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Traveling can be one of life’s more rewarding experiences, and for writers it can supply an inexhaustible trove of material. But the appeal of the genre – who wouldn’t want to take an all-expenses-paid trip to Fiji’s finest eco-resorts? – can also be its biggest crutch. With few exceptions, travel stories today merely recast the excruciating details of five-star hotels, hairy-chested masseurs, and the salutary effects of jalapeño margaritas. This class aims to show students ways to write about travel deeply and intelligently, with the hope of developing clear, informed opinions on the subject they’re writing about (and not merely “covering”). Readings will include works by Hunter S. Thompson, Geoff Dyer, Sloane Crosley, and others.


Instructor(s): John O'Connor

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 10-Feb-15