HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 003 Questions of Travel
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets 1/15/09-3/5/09. (Drop/Add deadline=1/27/09.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Should we have stayed at home and thought of here?
Where should we be today?

--Elizabeth Bishop, “Questions of Travel”

What exactly is a journey? We all take multiple journeys every day—the trips from home to school or work, a walk outside, a drive to the store. We take much longer trips as well, into different countries and continents and places very far away. At the end of even the shortest journey, do we come back changed? How do we decide to travel? Why do we travel? The answers are not always simple. This course will examine different kinds of journeys in several pieces of literature, particularly poetry and short stories. We will discuss the pieces themselves in detail, and then apply the thematic questions of travel. Why do the characters go where they do? What does this piece say about journeys? How is the character changed, and how are we as readers affected?

Students will have weekly readings by well-known authors and will write short response papers. We will practice analyzing works in a way that will hone skills students can use throughout their academic careers and beyond. As a final project, they will produce a longer paper on a journey of their own, in any genre they choose.

Reading may include the following:
“Questions of Travel,” by Elizabeth Bishop
“A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor
“A Blessing,” by James Wright
“Nothing To Ask For,” by Dennis McFarland
“The Red Convertible,” by Louise Erdrich
“Directive,” by Robert Frost
“So Much Water So Close To Home,” by Ray Carver
“A Country Doctor,” by Franz Kafka

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
19247
Open
6
6LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Ethnicity meets January 28 through March 18.
002 (SEM)
P
19248
Closed
0
 
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Imagining Urban Landscapes meets January 15 through March 19.
003 (SEM)
P
19482
Open
4
4LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Questions of Travel meets January 15 through March 5.
004 (SEM)
P
21810
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Pop Culture Environmentalism meets January 13 through March 24.
005 (SEM)
P
20959
Open
1
1LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Cultural Perspectives on Global Health meets January 26 through March 23.
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