Travel Writing (Section 2)

1559-502:
Discipline: English Writing
Instructor: Setton
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1550
End: 1710
Field Work: Day 1 - Monday, 20 October | Spain Download Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the craft of travel writing.  Students will consider the skills required to write compelling, engaging nonfiction: character sketches, concrete and vivid detail, point of view, narrative drama, and scene construction. We will read and discuss essays about countries on our voyage written by the world’s greatest travel writers, including Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, Lawrence Durrell, D.H. Lawrence, Bill Bryson, and others. Writing assignments will include short essays written about our ports of call, which will be read and discussed in a supportive, respectful, yet challenging workshop.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1 - Monday, 20 October

Food is a universal language, one of the most powerful elements that connect human beings to each other. This field lab provides insights into the rich heritage of the food and culture of Barcelona. A primary focus of our course is the exploration of ethnic identity and the cultural meaning and implications of food. Students will tour the historic quarter of Barcelona, and afterwards visit two local market with a chef/guide who will explain various ingredients important in local cuisine. Students will eat lunch based on traditional specialties, and afterwards have a hands-on experience in a cooking workshop where they will learn to prepare tapas and montaditas. Academic Objectives: 1.     To absorb and participate in hands-on cultural experiences through food and history by touring traditional Barcelona markets and the historic quarter. 2.     To learn about Barcelona's historic & culinary traditions during market visits, cooking workshop and by partaking in a shared meal. 3.  To use this experience as the inspiration for a travel essay which will be shared and discussed in class.