Placing the Author and Teaching the Nineteenth Century

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 10.39.52 AMThe upcoming Placing the Author conference could not have been more timely for my nineteenth-century British novel course I taught this past spring semester. The conference focuses on literary tourism in the nineteenth century–visiting places associated with authors, including their homes, gravesites, and other significant locations. The conference’s website, including its blog and Postcard Project, were great teaching tools in helping my students think about why we are drawn to the places associated with the novels we read. I especially love that the conference website encourages virtual participation from an international audience who might not be able to attend the conference in England in June. The Postcard Project gallery is especially worth checking out–it features photographs and reflections from people at various sites associated with authors like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and the list goes on. In each post, the writer explains why they visited the place and what they got out of the experience. Perhaps you may have something to contribute yourself! I’ve contributed a blog post to the website on my experience using maps and other digital tools to help my students in their own imaginary literary tourism, which you can read here. The website is a great example of how the digital humanities can help create connections between scholars, instructors, and students across the globe.

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