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The Victorian Grand Tour
Berkeley, October 2001


"The Victorian Grand Tour"

        While most historians of the Grand Tour describe it as beginning
in the late Renaissance and reaching a high point during the eighteenth
century, the practice, though different in each era, continued throughout
the nineteenth century.  As part of the conference on "The Victorian
World: Britain, the Empire, & the United States," I am soliciting papers
on all aspects of the Victorian Grand Tour.  The conference is
interdisciplinary, and I hope to receive proposals from scholars of
American, British, and Continental literatures, art history, music,
history, philosophy, the history of science, and other disciplines.
While I an open to a wide variety of topics, possible papers might discuss
the following:

    -- works by such authors as Elizabeth Barrett, Robert Browning,
Clough, James, or other American, British, or Continental writers of the
    -- competing nationalisms: Tourists' representations of Italy,
France, and Germany
    -- images of the Grand Tour in painting and engravings
    -- travel guides, travel diaries, & travelers' letters from abroad
    -- souvenirs of the Grand Tour
    -- baths, spas and the culture of health: medicine and the body on
    -- importing the Grand Tour: Continental influences on
American/British architecture & landscaping
    -- the music of the Grand Tour
    -- travel and the construction of masculinity; education and the
"finishing" of a gentleman
    -- women on/and the Grand Tour
    -- carnival
    -- the Tour and desire: sexual initiation(s)
    -- practical matters: ships, hotels, food, & carriages
    -- vagabonds & banditry
    -- crossing the Alps: changing attitudes toward the Sublime
    -- the politics of Touring

            "The Victorian World" is the sixth annual conference organized
by the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western US,
hosted this year by the Department of English at UCLA, on October 25-27,
2001.  The keynote address this year will be delivered by Christopher
Kent.  Paper proposals of 300-500 words should be snail-mailed to:

        Arnold Schmidt, Ph.D.
        Department of English
        California State University, Stanislaus
        801 W. Monte Vista Avenue.
        Turlock, CA  95382

or emailed to   Proposals are due June 8