CEMS Research Seminar: Thomas Coryate and the Histories of "Tourism"

CEMS Research Seminar: Thomas Coryate and the Histories of "Tourism"

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We welcome Dr Natalya Din-Kariuki (Warwick) whose paper is entitled 'Thomas Coryate and the Histories of "Tourism". All are welcome to this online meeting of the CEMS Research Seminar.

This talk examines the formal and epistemological significance of “place” in early modern travel writing. Focussing on Thomas Coryate (c. 1577-1617), a traveller often described as the first English tourist, it considers how, in the seventeenth century, the practice of geographical description became a locus of literary experiment and transnational and transcultural encounter. By situating Coryate’s works within the contexts of ancient forms of pilgrimage, classical understandings of ekphrasis, and early modern chorography, it proposes that travellers tested and theorised various modes of description, charting fresh territory that was not only geographical, but literary, too.   

Natalya Din-Kariuki is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. She is currently working on a book about the rhetoric of seventeenth-century travel writing, material from which appears in Travel and Conflict in the Early Modern World ed. Gábor Gelléri and Rachel Willie (Routledge, 2020), and has an essay on Lancelot Andrewes forthcoming in The Huntington Library Quarterly. With Subha Mukherji and Rowan Williams, she is editing Migrant Knowledge, an interdisciplinary volume which considers the relationship of migration and knowledge from the early modern period to the present day. 

University of Aberdeen can access the meeting via this teams invite. External guests must register via eventbrite.


To find out more about CEMS events and become involved, please email a.gordon@abdn.ac.uk

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