In this course we will read a wide variety of travel narratives-drawn from memoirs, letters, journalistic dispatches, essays, short stories, and novels written over the last 150 years-that attempt to convey the experience of encountering the cultures and landscapes of the Mediterranean basin.
Field WorkCountry: France
Day: 1 - Marseilles - Saturday, 3 August
August 3 (Marseilles, France) Marseilles is the oldest city in France and one of the oldest settlements in the entire Mediterranean, and many traces of its long history are evident in the city’s topography, architecture, and street grid. An important nexus in trade and migration, it has linked together the Mediterranean for over 2,500 years. Using our class readings as a point of departure, we will consider the city as both a physical and an imaginative landscape. We will tour, mostly on foot, the city’s Old Port and the historic quarter known as Le Panier. We will also take advantage of the fact that Marseilles is the “European Capital of Culture” for 2013 by visiting the just-opened Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean. Academic Objectives:
- To use the walking tour, the museum, and the festival events as an introduction to the history and culture of Marseilles.
- To consider the city as at once a physical and an imaginative landscape
- To connect our readings to experiences in the port.