Call for essays for Proposed Collection
Not So Innocent Abroad: The Politics of Travel and Travel Writing
Proposal deadline September 15, 2008
Completed essay deadline January 30, 2009
Essays are sought, which discuss the connection between travel writing and politics. Although the rise of interest in Europe's imperial past and its post-colonial legacy has resulted in many analyses of travel writing's ideological subtexts, such studies are usually more adept at parsing cultural and psychological, rather than political, aspects of travel, and they tend to treat travelers as politically and epistemologically privileged producers of dominant discourses. However, as Mary Louise Pratt, Sara Mills, and Bernard Schweizer have shown, at the contact zone or in the bewildering territory of otherness, travelers are as much the products of their new locations as they are agents projecting their own values unto the environment. A more flexible, dialectical model of the politics of travel is needed to filter out the complex ideological and socio-political transactions that attend the act of journeying. At the same time, it is important to carefully historicize the meaning of politics in connection with travel. The politics of travel under colonial conditions are very different from the ideologically motivated journeys of 1930s radicals, and both are again distinguished from the political and ideological concerns of today's travelers. In other words, the study of travel writing's political dimension needs to become more rigorously contextualized, requiring a comparative look at how the political dimension of travel evolved over time and how it relates to the larger historical and social imperatives that define the place and moment of travel. By focusing exclusively on these under-studied aspects of the genre, the proposed essay collection will close a significant gap in the study of travel writing.
Send 500-word proposals for essays of approximately 6-8.000 words via email [Word or RTF] by September 15, 2008. Please include a 100-word CV.
Please send to:
Ulrike Brisson: [log in to unmask]
Bernard Schweizer: [log in to unmask]
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