CFP: In Transit; Travel Writing, Any Period (UK) (12/1/06; 5/12/07)
CFP: In Transit; Travel Writing (any period) conference (UK) (12/01/06;
Call for papers for a one-day conference
At University of Hull, England
Saturday 12 May 2007
Theme: In Transit: Literature on the Move
We invite papers on any aspect of travel literature or on literary
representations of travel from any period.
One of the great literary travellers, Robinson Crusoe, set out from Hull:
"Had I now had the sense to have gone back to Hull, and have gone home, I
had been happy."
Travelling was intimately connected with the beginnings of the novel.
Knowing where you are or where you wanted to be has fascinated writers ever
since. In recent times, locations have become less stable. As travel has
become more available, has literature kept pace?
Topics might include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Migration, moving home, passing through, on the move
Modes of transportation, on the buses, night train, mail train,
mobilehomes, caravans, planes, cruise ships, ferries, buses, bicycles
Ports, airports, stations, bridges, the Underground, subways
Technologies of travel
Pilgrimage, perambulation, walking tours, rambling
the Great Game, espionage
Orientalism, colonialism, empire
Women travellers, travelling writers
Highways and byways, borderlands, islands
"Wherever I lay my hat."
Surfing, gliding, ballooning
On the web
Send by email a 250-300 word abstract for a twenty-minute paper, with your
name, institutional affiliation and contact details, to both of the
conference organisers by 1 December 2006:
Dr Katharine Cockin, Department of English, University of Hull, email
k.m.cockin_at_hull.ac.uk Fax: 01482 465641
Dr Catherine Wynne, Department of English, University of Hull, email
c.wynne_at_hull.ac.uk Fax: 01482 465641
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