Where to Go in Europe: Travel Writing and Toilets

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Nador u. 11
Hanak Room
Monday, November 23, 2009 - 5:30pm
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Monday, November 23, 2009 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

'Where to go' has long been a preoccupation for travelers the world over -- yet travel writers have made this universal human necessity into a site of fundamental cultural difference, basing entire explanatory systems on their observations of foreign toilet habits. Wendy Bracewell will offer a brief survey of travel writing's *latrinalia*, in order to make some serious points about representations of difference, east and west.

Wendy Bracewell is Reader in Southeast European History at SSEES, UCL. She directed a large-scale research project, East Looks West: East European Travel Writing on Europe, 1550-2000. Three volumes from this project -- an anthology of translations, a volume of studies, and a bibliography, have just been published by the CEU Press under the series title* East Looks West*.