The panel invites submissions on the topic of journeys in Italian Literature from 1900 through the 1930s. In this epoch, the introduction and diffusion of new technologies and machines radically changed not only travel, but also literature, understood as a journey experience through and beyond tradition. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, analysis of prose and poetic works directly related to travelling in the early twentieth century; the development of a new idea of exoticism linked to the colonial enterprise; the perceived shrinkage of the world due to the progress of science and new media; the metaphorical exile from tradition and the rise of a literature that ironically or defiantly looks at the past. Contributions on new travel technologies and new conceptions of the idea of mobility are also welcome. By June 30, 2012, please submit abstracts of 250 words to Danila Cannamela, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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