The Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS), which was established in 2002, exists to facilitate, promote and disseminate scholarly research on travel writing and its contexts, without restriction of period, locus, or type of travel writing.
We define travel writing broadly, although with the understanding that it relates to real journeys undertaken by the authors themselves, and we encourage multi and cross-disciplinary approaches to it. The Centre, which has strong international links, arranges talks and readings by visiting speakers and organises seminars and conferences. The Centre welcomes applications from students wishing to work on travel at master's or doctoral level.
Further information about the Centre and its activities can be found on the CTWS website.
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Partners and Funding
Members of the Centre work in collaboration with external organisations. Past and present collaborations include the
- Bromley House Library,
- Coventry Transport Museum,
- Hakluyt Society,
- Joseph Banks Society,
- Lincoln Museum and Art Gallery,
- National Maritime Museum
- Nottingham Contemporary.
Its activities have been funded by, among others;
- British Academy,
- Heritage Lottery Fund,
- Leverhulme Trust.
Key books include:
- Carl Thompson (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015)
- Rory Waterman, W.H. Davies, The True Traveller: A Reader (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2015)
- Neil Chambers, The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820, vol. 8 (London: Routledge, 2014
- Sharon Ouditt, Impressions of Southern Italy: British Travel Writers from Henry Swinburne to Norman Douglas (London: Routledge, 2013)
- Carl Thompson (ed.), Shipwreck in Art and Literature: Images and Interpretations from Antiquity to the Present Day (London: Routledge, 2013)
- Tim Youngs, The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing (Cambridge: CUP, 2013)
- Andrew Taylor and Edward Chell (eds.), In the Company of Ghosts, the Poetics of the Motorway (Liverpool: Erbacce, 2012
- Tim Youngs and Charles Forsdick (eds.), Travel Writing , 4 vols (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012)
- Carl Thompson, Travel Writing (London: Routledge, 2011)
- Glenn Hooper and Tim Youngs (eds.), Perspectives on Travel Writing (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004)
- Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (Cambridge: CUP, 2002)
Besides supervising a broad range of critical studies, members of the CTWS also co-supervise with our creative writing colleagues poetry and prose narratives on themes of travel, place and borders. We welcome inquiries from prospective applicants.
We’re offering fully-funded PhD studentships aligned with our research centres for UK, EU or International students. Find out more about our PhD studentships.