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HUM 131 Road Trips, Life and Literature

Course Description

Do you have a love/hate relationship with your daily routine--the commute to school or work, the path throughout your day, your catalog of habits, grievances and joys?  This seminar offers an introduction to re-thinking those routines, not only in terms of time, but also space.  Through an intense reading of Robert Pirsig's  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance  we will explore the road trip as a genre of literature and as a metaphor for living. 

Course Details

As a non-fiction tale of riding through the West on motorcycles,  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance provides an accessible examination of how we think and act in this technologically advanced time.  In addition to Pirsig's book, we will consider other literature, along with music and film.  This ten-week seminar is not intended to be a self-help course or a philosophy class, but an experiment in taking a classic piece of 20th Century literature for a ride and putting it to practical use.

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