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We are seeking contributions to an edited volume on contemporary travel 
narratives by authors from German-speaking countries. The rich 
literature of travel writing, its historical conventions, current 
manifestations, and embedded theoretical discourses recently have been 
the focus of numerous publications in Anglo-American cultural and travel 
studies, such as /The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing/, 2013; 
/Travel Narrative and the Ends of Modernity/, 2014; /Travel Writing and 
the Transnational Author/, 2014; /The Routledge Companion to Travel 
Writing/, 2016. These works are motivated by the desire to understand 
how travel narratives with their distinctive features of representing 
identities, places, and cultures, whether familiar or different, respond 
to a globalized, high-speed world characterized by the dual mass 
movements of tourism and migration. Yet, a corresponding discussion of 
the contributions by 21^st century German-speaking writers regarding 
travel and travel writing within global contexts is missing.

The proposed edition, comprised of approximately 12-14 contributions, is 
seeking to fill this void. We envisage that the articles will address 
individual texts by leading authors such as Felicitas Hoppe, Christoph 
Ransmayr, Julie Zeh, Navid Kermani, Ulrike Draesner, Judith Schalansky, 
Ilia Trojanow, and Barbara Honigmann; discuss genre innovation such as 
graphic novels, and examine specific travel traditions such as 
pilgrimage, /Fussreisen/ (walking tours) or travels within Germany. All 
aspects of travel literature – fictional and non-fictional travel - by 
contemporary German, Austrian, and Swiss authors are welcome. Topics 
that could be considered are:

-Travel Writing and the Legacy of the Bildungsroman

-Intersections of Travel and Migration

-Travel Writing and Feminist and/or Queer Perspective

-Travel Writing and Neoliberalism

-Intersections of Travel and Home

-Travel Writing and Social Media

-Travel and Tourism

-The Future of Travel Writing

-Travel Writing and armed conflicts (wars)

-Travel Writing and Ecocriticism

-Travel Writing and the Body (illness, disability)

-Dark Tourism

The edition’s goal is to showcase the breadth and complexity of 
contemporary writing on travel and offer cutting-edge analyses of key 
travel locations, modalities, and debates. The volume will also link the 
topic of travel to ongoing arguments about the role of the nation and 
the European project as well as Germany’s place in the larger world order.

Please submit an abstract of 250 – 300 words by December 15, 2016 to 
both editors. Also include a current CV with your submission. Selected 
essays will be due August 2017 with a final submission to the publisher 
by December 2017.

Monika Shafi, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>;

Karin Baumgartner, [log in to unmask]


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Department of World Languages and Cultures
University of Utah
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