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Journeys Long and Hard on Land and Sea

ENG 303

Journeys Long and Hard on Land and Sea

  • Course ID:ENG 303
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:English
  • Teachers:Chris Breslin

Description and Objectives

The class will survey the literature of travel–both fictional and actual–throughout history, in a chronological pattern.

Reading, in-class discussion, and writing both in and out of class will help each student to grow in literary acumen overall and in the specifics of the matters that the books explore.

Textbooks

(Short stories, films, poems and guest lecturers will also be part of the mix)

  • Voyage of the Argo, Apollonius of Rhodes
  • The Vinland Sagas, anonymous Vikings
  • Purgatorio, Dante Alighieri
  • The Conquest of New Spain, Bernal Diaz
  • Voyage to Maryland, Fr. Andrew White, S.J.
  • Billy Budd, Herman Melville
  • A Time of Gifts, Patrick Leigh Fermor

Course Requirements

Quarter Grade=(Quiz Average x .3) +  (Test Average x .7). Whatever resultant number is will be the grade you get( with possible  extra credit points in  one point increments as applicable).

  • Expect one quiz per week.
  • Expect a test at the completion of each book. 
  • Assigned essays(summer book report included) are weighted as test grades.
  • Extra credit opportunities, to include  “pull-ups for points,” will be made available to the needy student.
  • Due work is due at the start of class.  
  • Late work will be penalized.
  • Read with a pen in hand to mark sections that cause questions or that catch your attention.
  • Seek help if you need it.  My door is almost always open.

Successful Students

Successful students will show up to class on-time, and complete all assigned work.