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

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Travel and Literature II

Session Chair: 
Angela Florschuetz, Independent Scholar
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Raincross C


  1. Grant Rosson, University of California, Los Angeles
    This paper highlights James Boswell's use of American imagery in his Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, in order investigate the imagination’s role in facilitating peculiar intimacies between disparate geographies.
  2. Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California
    This paper discusses travel writing in Colonial India, specifically (given the prominence of the animal in the visuals and narratives of colonial India) the hunting narratives that centered around animals and the hunting of game animals. 
  3. Beyza Lorenz, UCLA
    This paper examines the concepts of garip and acayip (wonders and curiosities) in the writings of the pioneering Ottoman novelist Ahmet Midhat (1844-1913) in the light of Heidegger’s concepts of “world picture” (weltbild) and the subjectivism of the modern individual. I argue that travel and the encounter with the Other as emanated in the tropes of garip and acayip in Midhat’s writing played a crucial role in the formation of modern Turkish subject.
  4. Kevin Morris, Syracuse University
    In this paper I examine how the figure of the ship functions as the vehicle for cultural reconciliation in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow. However, I argue that Marshall's attempt is disconcerting insofar as the suggestion of redeeming an essential African identity becomes problematic when discussing the relationship between roots and routes that mark the African-diasporic experience. 
Session Cancelled: