Dr Innes M. Keighren (Royal Holloway, Geography) ‘Travels in a publisher’s archive: John Murray and nineteenth-century travel publishing’

Monday 27th October (week 5) 5-6pm, to be held at the Museum of English Rural Life (with a pop-up exhibition of archive materials)

In this talk, I present the findings of an AHRC-funded project which investigated the relationship between exploration and publishing in order better to understand how knowledge acquired in the field became, through a series of material and epistemic translations, knowledge on the page. In examining the transformation of travellers’ en route writing in journals and field notebooks into more-or-less polished print, I consider the significant role of editing, revising, and redacting in imposing order and authority on printed works of travel.

The paper considers-with specific reference to accounts of travel in South America, Africa, and the Arctic issued by the leading nineteenth-century publishing house John Murray-how journeys of exploration became published accounts and how travellers sought to demonstrate the faithfulness of their written testimony and to secure their personal credibility.

All welcome!

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