114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Permanent Ephemera: Travel Documents and Literature

Presiding Officer: 
Nissa Cannon, University of California, Santa Barbara

Throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and into the 21st, the traveller has been asked to possess an ever-increasing accumulation of documents, manifesting from newly implemented juridical requirements and new technologies of communication and replication. This collection includes tickets, itineraries, packing lists, passports and visas, letters of introduction, bank transfers, and the telegrams received or sent home. 

While much of this ephemera has been discarded, some has taken on more permanent status on the pages of books, or in writers' archives. This panel will explore the relationship between travel documentation and narrative. It asks how can we use archival evidence of a writer's travels to understand their work, and what entextualized documents reveal about texts. With an eye to both fiction and non-fiction, this panel explores how the documentation carried by the traveler shapes writing.

Status: 
Closed (not accepting submissions)

Associated Sessions

Topic Type: 
Special Session