Participants will embark on a literary tour of travel writing beginning with Herodotus’s tour of Ancient Egypt, moving to Arab travelers in the 10th century, and concluding with the Edo period Japanese poet (and inveterate traveler) Basho. This Delve explores the changing shape of early travel writing, all the while asking how and why cultures imagine, visit, and write about each other.
Guide: Bruce Suttmeier is Associate Dean of Faculty at Lewis & Clark College, as well as an Associate Professor of Japanese in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. He researches and writes on Japan in the 1960s, and his current project/obsession involves the changes in public space in Olympic-era Tokyo. He has taught a freshman seminar course on “Travel and Travel Writing: From Herodotus to the Brady Bunch Goes to Hawaii,” has led two semester-long overseas programs for the College (Siena, Italy in 2015 and Vietnam in 2010), and has published articles on postwar travel in Japan. He has led three previous Delve seminars, two on works by Haruki Murakami and another on Masterpieces of the Ancient World, focusing on Gilgamesh and other works.
Mondays, September 14 – 28 and October 12 – 26, 2015 6:30 – 8:30 pm (6 Meetings)