The Legacy of the Grand Tour - 1 August 2013

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Lisa Colletta, Associate Professor of English, The American University of Rome
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Submissions are sought for an edited collection, tentatively entitled The Legacy of the Grand Tour: New Essays on Travel, Literature, and Culture. It has been claimed that there are really only three basic plots in all of literature, boy meets girl (or variations thereof), a stranger comes to town, and someone goes on journey. The topos of the journey is one of the oldest in literature, and even in this age of packaged tours and mediated experience, it still remains one of the most compelling. This volume seeks to examine the ways in which the legacy of the Grand Tour is still evident in works of travel and literature. From its aristocratic origins and the permutations of sentimental and romantic travel to the age of tourism and globalization, the Grand Tour still influences the destinations tourists choose and shapes the ideas of culture and sophistication that surround the act of travel. Essays examining a wide variety literature, travel literature, memoir, and culture are welcome, though the editor is particularly interested in the ways travel and ideas of "culture" overlap in destinations historically associated with the Grand Tour. Please send abstracts of about 300 words and CVs, as well as inquires, by August 1, 2013 to Lisa Colletta, The American University of Rome ( If requested, full articles will be due by January 15, 2014.