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CeMoRe, Sociology & English Seminar - Melanie Ord

Date: 25 November 2008 Time: 12.30 - 2.00pm NOTE TIME

Melanie Ord, Dept of English, University of the West of England

'Methodological Innovation in Seventeenth-Century Travel Writing'

This paper explores the discourse on method in seventeenth-century travel texts and pays particular attention to John Dunton's Voyage Round the World (1691), an experimental travel report that privileges the narrative personality of the traveller over the scenes he witnesses. The paper considers Dunton's attempts to establish literary digression as a form of travel for both reader and writer. It also discusses his travel narrative alongside that of Thomas Coryat (whom Dunton recalls and rivals), considering the impact of Coryat's travel text and its critical reception on Dunton's own self-representation, and exploring ways in which Dunton further develops the association made in the pages of Coryat's Crudities (1611) between the personality of the traveller-writer and form and style of his book.

Venue: Bowland North Seminar Room 2


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), English and Creative Writing, Sociology

Keywords: English, English language, History, Travel


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