Welcome to 139.326: Travel Writing at Massey University.

This year, 2020, the course will be taught solely by Dr Jack Ross (course coordinator) in Albany and by distance.

I would greatly welcome a volunteer to be the class advocate for this paper. This can be done easily at the asa.ac.nz/class-advocates website.

So what exactly do we mean by the term "Travel Writing"? How liberal can our definition be? Here's what's up on the Massey University website:

Paper Number:

Paper Title:
Travel Writing

Credit Value:
15 credits

Calendar Prescription:
A study of travel writing, including both critical and ideological analysis and creative writing developed from the students’ own fieldwork.

Pre and co requisites:
Prerequisites: Any 200 level paper.
Corequisites: None

Semester 1

Auckland (Albany)

Internal / Extramural

E-Learning Category:
Partially Taught Online

Paper coordinator:
Dr. Jack Ross
School of English and Media Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Atrium Building Level L2.32
Albany Campus
Phone: 414 0800 x 43338
Email: j.r.ross@massey.ac.nz

Teaching Timetable (internal only):
Your timetable for lectures, laboratories, and tutorials can be found via the portal here

Learning Outcomes [LO]:
Students who successfully complete this paper should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of travel books published in recent years.
  2. Employ a literary-critical vocabulary germane to the interpretation of these texts.
  3. Reflect on the ideological and ethical issues involved in the representation of other cultures and peoples.
  4. Incorporate their critical awareness of the genre of travel writing into their own creative practice.
  5. Compose work in this genre which demonstrates enhanced creativity and skill as a writer.
Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the paper is delivered.

Major Topics:
In this paper you study texts by prominent contemporary travel writers, paying special attention to literary aspects of their work. You then apply your critical understanding of the genre to the production of your own travel stories, based on experiences that you have had overseas or within New Zealand.

Assessment Proportions:
Internal Assessment: 100%.

Description of Assessment Activities:
  1. Title: Close reading of One Set Text (LO 1, 2)
    Worth: 15%

  2. Title: Creative Writing Exercise: Local travel project (LO 4, 5)
    Worth: 30%

  3. Title: Final Project (LO 3, 4, 5)
    Worth: 55%
Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the paper is delivered.

Due Dates / Deadlines:
Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Paper.

Penalties for late assignment submission:
Two percentage marks deducted per day. After one week your marker may refuse to receive it. It will receive no comments if it is more than a week late without prior arrangement.

Assignment turnaround:
Three weeks.

Any specific requirements for passing the paper:

Principal Textbook:
Departmental Book of Readings, available for order online, from the course Stream site.

Morikawa Kyoriku: Portrait of Bashō (1693)

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