INDS 101 Journeys: Take-Home Midterm Exam, Fall Semester 2015

INDS 101 Journeys: Take-Home Midterm Exam, Fall Semester 2015

We have studied the following texts so far this semester:

•    Euben, Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge
•    Light, “Dracula Tourism in Romania: Cultural Identity and the State”
•    Battuta, Rihla
•    Eco, “Travels in Hyperreality” (I will provide the readings)

Basic instructions:  Your 750 to 1,000-word essay (three-four pages) should meet each of the following content and format requirements:

•    Create a thesis that focuses your essay, supported by well-organized paragraphs and a well-reasoned conclusion

•    Include at least four short quotations from the assigned readings to support the reasoning in your essay, explaining why each quotation supports your argument

•    Document all primary and secondary sources according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) method of documentation with parenthetical citations everywhere you quote, paraphrase, or summarize

•    Include a Work(s) Cited/Reference section at the end of your paper, and  a header with your name, course number and section, and date

•    Be word-processed, double-spaced, in 12 point font with no more than one inch margins all around, and be free of spelling and grammatical errors

Writing Prompt – Please respond toall of the following components of the writing prompt, in an essay which complies with the Basic Instructions above:

Please provide threeexamples each from Ibn Battuta’s Rihla, and Umberto Eco’s “Travels in Hyperreality,” and an example from Light’s article to illustrate how (a) Ibn Battuta, (b) Umberto  Eco, and (c) Western tourists in Romania

•    “frame and interpret cultural difference” (Harkin, 1)
•    produce knowledge about self and others through making  comparisons (Euben, 8)
•    are, in their travels, trying to fit their experience into their preconceptions.

Your discussion of the Rihla, should incorporate four observations from Euben’s text.
Please explain your conclusions.
Works Cited

Euben, Roxane L.  Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.  Print

Harkin, Michael.  “Modernist Anthropology and Tourism of the Authentic.”  Annals of Tourism Research 22.3 (1995): 65-70.  Web.

Source Ideas:

Michael Harkin says that one of the reasons behind tourism is that “Tourism, in addition to being big business, is a strategy for framing and interpreting cultural difference. The driving ideology behind tourism is a form of exotopy, or appropriation of otherness.” (Harkin, 1)

RoxaneEuben’s study of travel narratives tries to “…  shift the theoretical perspective by bringing into view the ways in which travelers of all kinds, past and present and from many directions, produce knowledge about others and themselves comparatively.”  (Euben, 8)


General information about me and notes from class:

Class: Interdisciplinary studies- journey

Prof notes:
Prof wants 3 examples or quotes from Ibn Battuta Rihla, 3 examples or quotes from Umberto Eco’s “Travels in hyperrality” and 1 example from Dunkin Lights article.