Course Timetable

Semester Dates (Massey University)
  • Beginning of Semester 1 (Wk 1): Monday 22nd February 2021
  • Mid-semester Break: Friday 2nd April – Friday 16th April 2021
  • End of Teaching (Wk 12): Friday 28th May 2021

Lecture 1:

Who? Where? How? What? Why?

Anthology texts to read:
  • Bruce Chatwin. from In Patagonia (1977)
  • Peter Wells. 'Grin like a Dog' (1998)

Workshop: Where have you been?

Lecture 2:


Anthology texts to read:
  • Charles Darwin. from Charles Darwin’s Beagle Diary (1831-36)
  • Mary Louise Pratt. ‘Fieldwork in Common Places’ (1986)

Workshop: Reasons for travel

Lecture 3:

Unreliable Subject

Anthology texts to read:
  • Kathy Acker. from Kathy Goes to Haiti (1978)
  • Chris Else. ‘Fact or Fiction: the Curious Case of Biografi’ (1995)
  • Lloyd Jones. from Biografi: An Albanian Quest (1993)

Workshop: In-class test

Due in end of week 3:
Asst 1: Close reading (15%)

Lecture 4:

Close to Home

Anthology texts to read:
  • Steve Braunias. 'Father’s Day' (2006)
  • Bill Bryson. from The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America (1989)

Workshop: Sticking to your own backyard

Lecture 5:

Further Afield

Anthology texts to read:
  • James Hamilton-Paterson. 'The End of Travel' (2006)
  • Robin Hyde. from Dragon Rampant (1939)

Workshop: Choosing the ideal destination

Lecture 6:

Traditional Genres

Anthology texts to read:
  • Matsuo Bashō. Narrow Road to the Deep North (1694)
  • Theodora Kroeber. from Ishi in Two Worlds (1961)
  • Douglas Mawson. from Antarctic Diaries (1911-14)

Workshop: In the footsteps of ...


Lecture 7:

Hybrid Genres

Anthology texts to read:
  • W. H. Auden. from Letters from Iceland (1937)
  • Colin Hogg. from Angel Gear: On the Road with Sam Hunt (1989)

Workshop: Who might you be?

Due in end of week 7:
Asst 2: Local Travel Piece (30%)

Lecture 8:


Anthology texts to read:
  • Paul Theroux. from The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific (1992)
  • Catharina van Bohemen. 'Safari '(1998)

Workshop: Anatomy of a neighbour

Lecture 9:

Places & Events

Anthology texts to read:
  • Joe Sacco. from Safe Area Goražde (2000)
  • Eric Schlosser. from Fast Food Nation (2001)

Workshop: Anatomy of an event

Lecture 10:

The Marketplace

Anthology texts to read:
  • Martin Edmond. from Luca Antara: Passages in Search of Australia (2006)
  • from Lonely Planet New Zealand (2006)

Workshop: Selling your wares

Lecture 11:


Anthology texts to read:
  • Scott Hamilton. 'From Kalmykia to Huntly' (2006)
  • Hunter S. Thompson. from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971)

Workshop: Sharing plans for final projects

Lecture 12:


Anthology texts to read:
  • Italo Calvino. from Invisible Cities (1972)
  • Joseph Conrad. from Heart of Darkness (1899)
  • Joseph Conrad. 'Congo Diary' (1890)
  • Marco Polo. from The Travels (c.1300)

Workshop: Sharing final projects

Due in end of week 13:
Asst 3: Final project (55%)

Shoshannah White & Tonee Harbert:
The Romance of Travel

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