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This subject examines how travel writing translates the world into words, and as such is a key to understanding international relations and intercultural communication. Focusing mainly on contemporary texts but also referring to classical French travel literature, it introduces students to a wide range of fictional and non-fictional travel narratives in French set in various geographical locations. Texts range from explorer’s accounts to contemporary travel tales, together with examples from comics (Tintin), cinema, fiction and journalism. Students are encouraged to pursue reading and assessment tasks that coincide with their own interests for past, present and future travel destinations. Students will study theoretical, anthropological, philosophical and literary texts in this field to develop a sound understanding of the intercultural, (post)colonial and geopolitical issues that may be presented through travel writing and the encounter with the Other. This subject is taught in French.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have demonstrated familiarity with the dominant trends in theory and practice of travel writing in French;
- have analysed the intercultural, (post)colonial and geopolitical issues presented in travel writing;
- have examined the significance of travel writing for international relations and intercultural communication;
- have produced critical travel writing in French for online media;
- have produced a critical research essay on travel writing in French;
- have compiled an annotated bibliography demonstrating capacity for critical research on travel writing in French.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations.
- have developed written communication skills: through essay and assignment preparation and writing.
- have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
- be able to pay attention to detail: through close reading and textual analysis, essay preparation and writing, and examination revision.
- be able to time manage and plan: through managing and organizing workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations.
Last updated: 8 August 2023