early modern period produced a wealth of travel writing, whether
the travel in question was to the New World beyond the seas, a
planet across the skies, or another imagined or idealised location.
This conference will address the inter-related nature of utopia
and travel-writing, and explore representations of other worlds
from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. How did the discovery
of the New World, renewed belief in the plurality of worlds, and
the utopian impulse to create a new world influence early modern
literature? How did these influences interact and develop?
> Dr William Poole, New College, Oxford
> Jenny Downes, National Maritime Museum
> Pete Langman, QMUL
topics could include, but are not limited to:
> Representations of other planets or countries
and their relationship to the Earth or England
> The origins of science fiction in utopian
and travel writing
> The influence of natural philosophy on utopianism
or travel writing
> Writings on the plurality of worlds and
their literary significance
> The imaginary voyage or utopian narrative
in early modern writing
> Representations of newly discovered countries
and their inhabitants
> The theological influences on perceptions
of other worlds
> Conceptions of borders and boundaries in
other world and travel writing
> Dystopian travel writing
> Utopianism in travel writing; "the
utopian moment of travel" (Greenblatt, Marvelous Possessions)
> The influence of the "New World"
metaphor on the literary imagination
Abstracts of no more than 300 words in length, for papers of approximately
20 minutes, should reach
Chloë Houston: firstname.lastname@example.org
by 20th May 2005.
for further information.