FT 06-B A Tour of Power and Knowledge
Agata Brewer, Department of English
When we think of traveling, we usually have in mind vacations, leisure, new experiences, interesting people. Traveling is fun. However, travel encompasses a lot more than just entertainment and education. Have you ever thought of travel as a means of control and propaganda? How about a journey that becomes a method of undermining a political or social system? In this tutorial, we will consider selected travel narratives and their relation to power. We will supplement our understanding of such diverse text as H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Mansfield's The Little Governess, Martin Amis's The Time's Arrow, Francine Prose's Guided Tours of Hell, and selected poems of Derek Walcott, Adam Zagajewski, and Wislawa Szymborska with a few movies (Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy, Thelma and Louise, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?). At the end of the tutorial, we will share our observations about the meaning of our own trips, those we dream about or the ones that really happened.