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The Self and the Others II: Contemporary German Travel Narratives

Module Code: GE334
Module Name: The Self and the Others II: Contemporary German Travel Narratives
Module Coordinator: Professor Anne Fuchs
Not Running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

Travel literature is a mode of reflection about the relationship of the self to the other. It investigates intercultural differences alongside broader Enlightenment ideas on human nature. Asking why the travel narrative has experienced a revival in contemporary German literature, this option investigates travel literature’s specific contribution to the debate on German cultural identity in a globalised context. You will study the the contemporary travel narrative in dialogue with some of the literary precursors, such as the Reisebericht of the 18th and 19th centuries. Other themes include: the experience of selfhood and otherness in the 21st century; “Fußreisen” and slow journeys; ethnography and travel; cultural memory and travel; environmental discourse and travel. In order to grapple with these themes you will discuss select theories on space and place as well as classic theories of tourism.

Assessment Method:

One 3,500 word essay (80%) and one class presentation (20%).