symposium brings together a variety of travellers and what can be called
travel texts in the broadest sense:
George Orwell moved around England, France, Spain and Burma in search
for experience that would later become material for his fiction. Most
prominently, his experience as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War
informed his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Australian novelist Peter Carey's Wrong About Japan (2005) is
a travelogue that records and contrasts his and his son Charley's experience
of Japanese mangas and anime on the one hand, and Japanese culture and
history on the other.
Different travellers from different periods, Orwell and Carey still
deal with similar problems when encountering and recording otherness,
in fiction and in travel writing: the negotiation of self, art and the
politics of life and writing.
With Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant we return to the eighteenth century
and the scientific observation and documentation of nature. An important
member of the Royal Society and academic debates of the time Pennant
was first inspired to take up his scientific interest in fossils and
minerals after a trip to Cornwall.
David Attenborough, broadcaster and naturalist, is well known to anybody
who watches BBC nature documentaries. For over fifty years he has travelled
around the world, to delight and enlighten audiences about its flora,
fauna and peoples. Perhaps more so than his eighteenth-century predecessors
(Pennant just being one example), naturalist Attenborough has become
a celebrity, which bears its own rewards and responsibilities. But what
all naturalists share is their global vision and their desire to introduce
people to life on earth, familiar and foreign.
Hamilton is Visiting Assistant Professor of English Literature
at the University of Hong Kong. He has published widely in the area
of African and Postcolonial Literature. His most recent essay appears
as a chapter in Deleuze and the Postcolonial (ed. Paul Patton
& Simone Bignall), part of the Deleuze Connections series of Edinburgh
University Press. His first research monograph, On Representation,
is to be published later this year.
Huddart is Associate Professor in English at the Chinese
University of Hong Kong. His research interests are in world literatures,
postcolonial theory and the history of English languages. He is the
author of the Homi K. Bhabha volume in the Routledge Critical
Thinkers Series (2005) and of Postcolonial Theory and Autobiography
Smethurst is Associate Professor in
English at the University of Hong Kong. His research covers travel writing,
theories of space and place, postmodernism, contemporary fiction and
the bicycle. Publications include The Postmodern Chronotope: Reading
Space and Time in Contemporary Fiction (2000), Travel Writing,
Form and Empire: The Poetics and Politics of Mobility (2008) and
The Reinvention of Nature: Scientific, Picturesque and Romantic Travel
Writing, 1760-1840 (forthcoming).
Huggan is Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures
at the University of Leeds and Director of its Institute for Colonial
and Postcolonial Studies. His research interests range across the fields
of colonial/ postcolonial literatures in English and French, postcolonial
theory, comparative literature and literary theory, cultural studies
(especially multiculturalism), short fiction, travel writing and English
as a second/foreign Language. His books include Postcolonial Ecocriticsm
(with Helen Tiffin, 2010); Extreme Pursuits: Travel/Writing in an
Age of Globalization (2009); Interdisciplinary Measures: Literature
and the Future of Postcolonial Studies (2008); Australian Literature:
Postcolonialism, Racism, Transnationalism (2007); The Postcolonial
Exotic: Marketing the Margins (2001); Peter Carey (1996);
Territorial Disputes: Maps and Mapping Strategies in Contemporary
Canadian and Australian Fiction (1994); Tourists with Typewriters:
Critical Reflections on Contemporary Travel Writing (with Patrick
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