Writing Spaces – Landscapes and/in German Travel Writing

Страна: США

Город: Baltimore

Тезисы до: 30.09.2016

Даты: 23.03.17 — 26.03.17

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: ngrewling2@washcoll.edu

Организаторы: Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (NeMLA)


The desire to conquer hostile landscapes and explore unknown places has long constituted an essential aspect of traveling and hence also of corresponding travel literature. In the age of globalization, however, travel has become part of everyday life. Formerly foreign destinations have lost most of their exotic appeal, landscapes have sometimes been reduced to interchangeable backdrops for personal experiences, and discourse about non-places suggests a loss of relevance of what could be called distinct local charm. At the same time, the foreign locale is a key element of travel writing. This panel seeks to address what role places and landscapes play in travel writing. It will address the ways in which German-speaking travelers describe and engage with the spaces they travel and what effect this has on their texts and on their interpretation. Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to:

    location as reflection of the internal landscapes of the traveler/writer
    the role of landscape depictions in political, social, (post-)colonial or other discourses
    setting as place, space, or non-place
    connections between terrain and writing style
    ecocritical approaches to travel literature
    cultural constructions of particular landscapes

In investigating such questions, this panel will explore the function of travel literature by scrutinizing preexisting notions of self, surroundings, and the act of traveling itself. It will thus contribute to an ongoing exploration of the manifold purposes of travel literature.

Веб-сайт конференции: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2016/06/21/writing-spaces-%E2%80%93-landscapes-andin-german-travel-writing