Journeys, 1700-1830

Module code: EN7226

Module co-ordinator: Dr Kate Loveman

This module considers how the idea of the 'journey' developed during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, emphasizing continuities between writing on travel in this period and earlier forms of literature. New developments arising from political events, tourism opportunities, and technological advances will be considered. 'Journeys' will be understood both literally – as visits to other places – and metaphorically – as personal development and intellectual formation.


The weekly seminars will cover topics such as:

  • Olaudah Equiano's 1789 narrative of travel and slavery
  • Sentimental journeys in the work of Laurence Sterne
  • Journeys of fans to the famous, including Boswell, Burney, and visitors to the Herschels
  • Byron’s and Montaigne’s visits to Rome
  • Revolutionary journeys of the 1790s by writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft


  • One 4,000-word essay