Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Travel Writing

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit seeks to provide an introduction to the practice of travel writing and its importance in English letters and contemporary culture.

The study-unit will focus on various aspects of travel writing and travellers’ descriptions of art and landscape and strategies of description and commentary as to the encounter with the foreign. It will also explore Romantic notions of travel as personal adventure and the crossing of boundaries. The first part of the study-unit will review the Grand Tour, which reached its apogee in the late eighteenth century and during the Romantic period. It will also deal with notions of classicism and the sublime as well as the ‘picturesque’ as evidenced in the writing of some of the more prominent travellers.

The second part will look at new approaches to travel in the nineteenth century, with particular focus on American and British travellers in Italy, and the travel writing of Henry James.

Texts for detailed study include Madame de Stael, Corinne, or Italy, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage cantos I-IV, E. M. Forster, A Room with a View, D. H. Lawrence, Twilight in Italy, Evelyn Waugh, Labels: A Mediterranean Journal, and Henry James ‘Italian Hours’.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

James Buzard, The Beaten Track: European Tourism, Literature and the Ways to ‘Culture’, 1800-1918 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).

Chard, Chloe, Pleasure and Guilt on the Grand Tour (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999).

Pemble, John, The Mediterranean Passion: Victorians and Edwardians in the South (Oxford University Press, 1987).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Petra Caruana Dingli
Peter Vassallo

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