This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of contemporary travel writing (19th and 20th century). After defining the reaches and limits of the travel genre and examining issues in canonical contemporary travel texts, we focus on travel writing in Spain and Europe through texts by European and American authors. Special attention is paid to the ways in which travel writing negotiates notions of identity and otherness, the self and difference. Because we are aiming at a truly intercultural focus, texts in both English and Spanish are read (readings in Spanish are optional for those students able to read in Spanish). Students also produce their own travel writing in a workshop-style format.