113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Travel and Literature

Session Chair: 
Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Rogue (PMCC)


  1. Jacob Broderick, George Mason University
    Henri Lefebvre's theory of spatial production can be applied to the literature of 19th Century British Emigration. Both literary tourists and emigrants alike ventured forth during this period to see for themselves what they had already seen through reading. This paper explores the ways in which literature both read and written by 19th Century itinerants helped to define and, indeed, create the space that was the emigrant journey itself.
  2. Shannon Derby, Tufts University
    Within the analytical framework of spatial and travel theory, I locate Louis MacNeice’s political and Anglo-Irish hybridity in I Crossed the Minch (1938). I explores MacNeice’s ideological struggle to recognize the importance of a World Revolution and Classless Society, his simultaneous opposition to and participation in commercialization, and his nostalgia for a pre-globalized past to prove the political and literary relevance of I Crossed the Minch to the canon of travel literature.
  3. Sarah J Wilhoit, The University of Arizona
    This essay explores the connections between timelessness, subjectivity and the tropes of the female travel narrative in Jasmine and The Sheltering Sky. Each of these novels uses ruptures in time as a way of symbolizing how the self interacts with the larger social world. I argue that the discontinuity in time in each of these texts manifests in moments of fractured subjectivity, which either hinder or empower the heroines’ efforts to correctly interpret the signifiers that make up her world.
Session Cancelled: