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Travel Writing in Paris Liberal Arts & French Studies Program Spring 2025 Semester - Paris

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Travel Writing in Paris

Travel Writing in Paris Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: CEA CAPA Paris Center
Location: Paris, France
Primary Subject Area: English Language & Literature
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ENG350
Transcript Source: University of New Haven
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45


This course will introduce young writers to the practice of travel writing through its evolution and development across genres. Students will engage with travel logs, journalism, essays, and readings from an array of styles to hone their own unique writing style and voice.

Students will dive into larger questions by focusing on places, finding their voice as they create their arguments related to themes presented in class. We will question cliché in travel writing and perfect our placemaking skills, using their current city as a living laboratory for classroom exercises.

By putting into conversation students? own abilities and identities, the class will use readings and examples to discuss broader notions of authenticity, cosmopolitanism, and othering to deepen their understanding of travel writing through prompts related to class discussions.

Students will engage with readings by academics and iconic Paris-based writers to debate the good and the bad, featuring historical and contemporary authors like James Baldwin, Alain de Botton, and Anaï Nin as well as stories from journalistic publications like The New York Times and Afar.

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