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Modes of Transport: Travel Writing and Form, 1780-1914 (5/6/2011; 5/26-27/2011)

Registration is now open for: 

Modes of Transport: Travel Writing and Form, 1780-1914
An interdisciplinary conference
King’s College London 
26 & 27 May

Keynote Speakers: Mary Beard, Dane Kennedy, and Clair Pettitt

Other speakers include: Simon Goldhill, Alison Chapman, Peter Garratt, Anne Green, Michael Ledger-Lomas, Muireann O’ Cinneide, Matthew Rubery & Carl Thompson

There has always been a certain amount of unease and anxiety about how best to mould the quotidian, often repetitious, experience of travel into a digestible, literary narrative. The travel writer cannibalises other modes of literary, geographical and scientific writing, while simultaneously forging experimental, innovative and dynamic forms in the struggle to represent the heterogeneous and often chaotic experience of travel. It is the aim of this two-day conference to bring together academic researchers and professional travel writers in order to explore the relationship between travel writing and formal innovation in a variety of media across the long-nineteenth century.

Journals and Letters / Ephemera / Guidebooks / Travel in Verse / Transport and Literary Form / Mobile Reading / Tourism and Visual Culture / Literary Pilgrimage / Illustration / Maps / the Sea

Special Workshop: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) historical collection

For registration and further details please visit:

The deadline for registration and receipt of payment is Friday, 6 May 2011. Further enquires may be directed to Brian Murray and Mary Henes at travelconference@gmail.com

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