Victorian Travel and Imperial Spaces

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Daný van Dam and Lara Atkin report from a conference celebrating the fascinating cast of opera singers, mountaineers, cross-dressers, actors and tourists of both genders who travelled the Victorian world.

The Victorian era was one of mobility. From imperial explorers who traversed the contested spaces beyond the colonial frontiers, to the mass-mobilisations enabled first by the train and later by the bicycle, travel was an ongoing fascination for writers in the period. Victorian Travel and Imperial Spaces, a two-day symposium the University of Kent, brought together early-career scholars from a range of institutions to explore the varied relationships between time, space and individual subjectivity in Victorian ‘travel’ writing . The speakers covered a broad variety of topics – from ghost ships to undercover travelling, from newspaper poems to cycling diaries and from fictional narratives to records of deeply personal affective engagements with places and spaces. During the two days of…

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