112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Travel and Literature I

Session Chair: 
Christine Chism, University of California, Los Angeles
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Raincross C


  1. Ellen K. Rentz, Claremont McKenna College
    This paper explores the relationship between vernacular theology and travel writing. I examine the discussion of Holy Land pilgrimage in the Prick of Conscience in relation to the visual iconography of the parish church and poems such as Piers Plowman.
  2. Rebecca Hill, University of California, Los Angeles
    In the context of 12th century Spain, I examine the theological, philosophical, and teleological debates between major figures in Islamic thought, including Avicenna (Ibn Sina), Averreos (Ibn Rushd), Al-Ghazali and Ibn Tufail to provide a framework through which to scrutinize Ibn Jubayr’s 1183-1185 journey to Mecca from his residence in Granada, Spain. 
  3. Ray Crosby, Moreno Valley College
    Sir Walter Scott’s 1818 novel The Heart of Midlothian chronicles Jeanie Deans’ perilous journey from Edinburgh to London, alone and on foot, to plead before the Queen for the life of her wrongly accused sister. Throughout her journey south, Jeanie becomes a representative of the exoticized and mobile empire within British borders and a figure for the emerging British identity beyond mere Englishness.
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