116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Travel and Literature

Presiding Officer: 
Michael Moreno, Green River College

The Travel and Literature session welcomes proposals focused on travel, odyssey, and mobility through literary lenses as broadly conceived, with special interest in movement through city spaces. Since this year’s conference theme is “Acting, Roles, Stages,” we are particularly interested in essays that consider the ways in which literary works address the city as a theatrical site for generating, reflecting, and/or facilitating the construction of identities, through characters who travel to/from or move through its urban spaces in varied forms. How does travel or movement throughout city spaces address issues of performativity, hierarchy, perception, or power through literature?

Possible topics and focuses to consider include, but are not limited to, the following: the urban odyssey; flânerie; urban dance (i.e., Jane Jacobs); the city street as social, artistic, and/or political stage; travel discoveries of third-spaces in city’s texture (Edward Soja), proxemics; labyrinths/undergrounds as conduit for traveling through city spaces; the role of traveler as heterotopian (i.e., Alejandro Morales); interpretations/examinations of the city as literary character and creator/reflection of cultural identities; among others.

Closed (not accepting submissions)

Associated Sessions

Topic Type: 
Standing Session