CFP: Modes of Transport: Travel Writing and Form, 1780-1914

King’s College London, 26 & 27 May 2011
Keynote speakers: Mary Beard (Cambridge), Dane Kennedy (George Washington University), and Dea Birkett (The Guardian)

Proposals Due: 18 February 2011

“There has always been a certain amount of unease and anxiety about how best to mould the quotidian, often repetitious, experience of travel into a digestible, literary narrative. The travel writer cannibalises other modes of literary, geographical and scientific writing, while simultaneously forging experimental, innovative and dynamic forms in the struggle to represent the heterogeneous and often chaotic experience of travel. It is the aim of this two-day conference to bring academic researchers and travel writers together in order to explore the relationship between travel writing and formal innovation in a variety of media across the long-nineteenth century. As Franco Moretti has suggested, ‘new space gives rise to a new form’, and the period 1780-1914 saw the rise of both new technologies of movement and new categories of traveller. We are specifically interested in how the new perspectives, networks, and markets enabled by these developments impacted upon literary and media form and how these narratives in turn affected the ways in which people travelled.”

See for suggested topics and submission guidelines.

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute (KCL) and the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group


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