Dr Bob Davies- History of Travel Writing

After completing my PhD  in 1992 at Loughborough University on British travellers in the Middle East I have lectured from Somerset to Cumbria on the history of travel writing for  Universities and Adult Education Centres.

I am passionate about my subject and aim to inspire students to develop their own interests. My lectures are  informal , offering scope for students to ask questions and discuss their own ideas and reading.  Usually, no prior knowledge of the subject is necessary, although I do provide pre-course reading suggestions and a  more extensive post-course bibliography .

Whether the course is on the Hudson’s Bay Company, Victorian Women travellers or Polar Explorers I aim to discuss historical  and cultural context, individual biographies  and the exciting highs and lows of the journeys.

I am particularly interested in how British travellers in the period 1700-1950s wrote about their experiences and how that was influenced by their personal background and the cultural milieu in which they lived.

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