Histories – Around-the-World Writing: Travel Stories in Jules Verne's Wake

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults
  • Category: Heritage, Singapore & S.E.A
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Tue, 21 Apr, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 5 - Possibility Room

100 Victoria Street

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  • Language: English
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In the 19th century, thousands of people became circumnavigators. This newly popular voyage around the world was expectedly long, and passengers availed themselves of steamship libraries to pass the time, reading and writing as they travelled. The most famous book about circumnavigation is undoubtedly Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Jules Verne, who had relied on—and even borrowed from—the accounts of real travellers.

During his talk, Kevin Riordan will excavate this literary history to show how a generation of travelling readers and writers lent a new shape to the world, even for readers who stayed closer to home.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020
7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building

Free Admission. 
Registration opens on 21 March 2020.

Kevin Riordan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Geoffrey Baker is an Associate Professor of Literature at Yale-NUS College. He is a comparative scholar working across European languages with particular interests in print culture, realism and the law.


This series explores the book as both a material and an imaginative object, as well as the rich range of encounters that are possible between reader and text.

This series is organised in collaboration with the School of Humanities, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.

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