English | PROJECTS IN READING AND WRITING
W170 | 1843 | Galloway


Title: NATURE OF ADVENTURE

In this course, we will explore the nature of adventure through a
variety of perspectives and representations in an attempt to discover
what (if any) universal or highly individualized understandings of
adventure exist in the world today.  From our classroom, we will
venture outdoors intellectually in our investigations of why humans
have always sought out the adventure experience and what they claim
to gain or benefit from this experience.  George Leigh Mallory
explained to the world that he sought to climb Mount Everest "because
it was there."  In this course, we will attempt to delve beyond the
surface of this abstract comment in hopes of better understanding the
minds and the experiences of adventurers- -their motivations,
justifications, and representations of the adventure.  This course
will also examine our own response to adventure texts. In moving
between the mountain peak and the armchair, we will increase our
understanding of both the nature of adventure (based on the
experiences of others) and our own vicarious adventure, experienced
through texts.