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.
Suzanne Akbari, English and Medieval Studies Alan Bewell, English Hans deGroot, English (retired) Matt Farish, Geography Gillian Fenwick, English Pamela Klassen, Religion Mark Levene, English Kenneth McDonald, UTSC Geography Ken Mills, History Lena Mortensen, UTSC Anthropology Dimitri Nakassis, Classics Stephen Rockel, UTSC History Jayeeta Sharma, UTSC History Jonathan Trace, Classics John Zilcosky, German and Comparative Literature
FACULTY OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Pierre Kodjio Nenguié, Fellow, European University Institute, Florence Janice Keefer, English & Theatre Studies, University of Guelph Mark Abley, McGill-Queen's University Press Chris Bongie, English, Queen's University Terence Keenleyside, Emeritus, Political Science, University of Windsor
Vichi Ciocani, Classics Michael Collins, English Jody Cundy, Classics Nicholas Dion, Religion Gwyndaf Garbutt, History & Philosophy of Science & Technology Kaitlin Heller, History Jessica Higgins, Classics Jessica Lockhart, Medieval Studies Leila Pourtavaf, History April Ross, Classics Elisa Tersigni, English and Book History & Print Culture Kevin Ulrich, Classics Morgan Vanek, English