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Travel writing is a specific literary genre with a long history back to antiquity. Travel has been undertaken for political, religious, educational and commercial, but lately also for leisure reasons. A common travel proverb says: ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.’ This alludes to the textuality of `the world` that needs reading/deciphering. And it leads us the awareness that travel links to aspects of status, means and privilege, to knowledge and authority. In this context, the course will focus on relationships between power and knowledge, the authority of eyewitness and the discursive situatedness of the traveller/reader in travel writing and will contemplate them as part of (gendered) representations of the British Empire since the 18th century.This course will be a hybrid online seminar with synchronous and asynchronous phases. The online session with life meetings in a forthnightly rhythm. This will require you (!) to be online for a Zoom meeting during course times every 2 weeks! You should therefore make sure that you reserve the regular seminar slot for this course.
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