Traveling on the Force of Change: Travel Writing in the Age of Henry Adams; Am Lit Assn, 5/27/2010; 1/20/2010

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Society for American Travel Writing and henry Adams Society

In The Education of Henry Adams, Adams contrasts the "force" of the automobile for shaping lives of commercial travelers with the "force" that motivated the construction of the Gothic cathedral. In light of this differentiation, The Society for American Travel Writing and the Henry Adams Society invite proposals for papers on the travel writings of late 19th and early 20th Century American writers who struggle to define the ways in which new technologies are reshaping travel, identity, and their experience of the world. Possible topic questions might be: How do accounts of travel help shape American popular thought or notions of identity? How do experiences of new travel technologies alter perceptions of the individual's relations to others and the social world as a whole? How do the various forms of social exclusion govern the experience of travel? How do the new technologies of travel redefine the experience of regional and national difference? How do modern travel experiences provoke considerations of history? Writers of interest include but are not limited to Henry Adams, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, W.E. B Dubois, Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, Ernest Hemingway, and Richard Wright. Send proposals by Jan 20, 2010, to W.M. Decker via email: