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Travel/Writing: Conservation/Poetics

In the abstract sense, this paper is about journeys into nature and into the self; journeys into literature and into new ways of thinking about and writing the human-environment relationship. It is about journeys into myth, idealism and pragmatism and about humanity’s urge to love and to destroy. More specifically, this paper is about tigers and tiger conservation, as experienced and envisaged by poet, novelist, non-fiction writer and traveller Ruth Padel in her book Tigers in Red Weather (2005).


Julia Kuehn is Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests are the Victorian novel, travel writing, popular culture and critical theory. She has published monographs on Marie Corelli, on colonial writing (about North Africa, the Middle East and India) between 1870 and 1920, and has edited a number of essay collections on the poetics and politics of travel writing. Julia is currently finishing a comparative study of nineteenth-century British and German realisms and has begun work on a new book on geopoetic forms in the travel genre.

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