Victorian Travelers and Cultural Memory (panel proposal): MLA 2015, Vancouver
Seeking submissions for a special session for the Vancouver MLA convention: "Victorian Travelers and Cultural Memory." Papers may consider any aspect of how travel writings rely on, create, reinvent, or consolidate collective memories of places/cultures/events in the nineteenth century. I would like to put together a panel that considers a range of perspectives and/or travel destinations. The 2015 MLA theme is memory, and so it is my hope that this panel will think broadly about cultural memory as a kind of collective of impressions that shapes people's understanding of the foreign. Any kind of work that considers how travelers themselves depend upon cultural constructions or memories of other places and/or that investigates what travel writing does to help build consensus or invent "memories" of places for the benefit of armchair travelers would be welcome.
300-word proposals and brief CVs should be sent to Andrea Kaston Tange ; deadline: March 15, 2014. Inquiries welcome. Indicate AV needs, please.
The official CFP can be viewed here: https://www.mla.org/cfp_review&id=7112&exit_page=cfp_main (but this requires an MLA member login).