This working group will engage with travel literature by exploring a series of different kinds of narratives in a range of ways: archival material, open to revisionist interpretation; creative accounts of personal experience; and fictional and mythological stories that involve travel. These materials open issues such as mobility, space, ethnography, personal and cultural identity, colonialism, and narratology. Texts from a broad historical and geographical range will be drawn together by a focus on the narrative of travel.
Our meetings will typically include a presentation that brings a new interpretive strategy to bear on a precirculated text. Graduate student presentations of their relevant works in progress will be especially welcome. We also plan to bring a guest speaker to Toronto, and to begin initial planning for a conference or symposium in a later year.
Lead: Jonathan Burgess, Classics
Alan Bewell, English
Jody Cundy, Classics