English

Travel Writing

John Mulvihill, Lecturer

Course: English 192, SEM 007
Class Number: 43090
Credits: 3 HU
Time: TR 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Place: CRT 119

Course Description:

The only freshman seminar that asks you to get out of town (or at least to a different part of town). We’ll read good examples of travel narratives, writers traveling by car, bus, train, plane, boat, motorcycle, bike, or shank’s mare (on foot), and analyze these to see common themes and elements and successful writing techniques. Then you’ll be asked to travel somewhere you haven’t been before (or at least not for a long time), perhaps with a companion, and keep a journal and maybe take photographs. With this journal as your basis, you’ll then spend several weeks drafting and redrafting your essay to find a structure, voice, and meaning that create a compelling travel narrative.

About the Instructor:

John Mulvihill (BA, Grinnell College; PhD, English, University of Iowa) is a lecturer in the English Department, teaching English 101, 102, and 201. He has published essays on the titling of poems and presented papers on Walt Whitman, Tim O’Brien, and Ursula Le Guin. He’s currently working on a collection of personal essays on the subject of (reluctant) caregiving.