ADVENTURES IN LITERATURE: THE ODYSSEY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
This is a college preparatory course designed for students in grades 11 and 12. Adventures in Literature traces the development of the twentieth-century non-fiction adventure narrative to its modern expression in the exploits of twenty-first century adventurers and athletes. This class will consider both the literary and literal construction of the adventure narrative. The class readings challenge a unified concept of adventure writing beginning with the sixteenth century journals of Cabeza de Vaca and Sir Francis Drake, moving to the nineteenth century writings of Lewis and Clark, and then to contemporary descriptions of wilderness travel, like London and Krakauer.