The Globe-Trotter of the Eastern Grand Tour, 1870-1920

Ref: C3744254

Globetrotters were a new type of 19th century traveller created from the technological and political expansion of the period which meant that travellers could ‘trot’ around the world in a matter of months. Their collections and accounts brought something new to those at home: the global East which distinguished amongst the Asian cultures of India, China and Japan. Travellers chronicled a ‘cultural’ and their own transformation of self. Sessions will include an analysis of the history of travel, and consider globetrotter’s experiences through spaces of the East, food, and collecting objects that represented these different cultures. This course will use the Beaney collections to consider how globetrotters, between 1870, when the opening of the Suez Canal promoted greater accessibility to the ‘East’, and 1920, when luxury Cruise Liners changed the culture of travel. The second half of most sesssions will be spent in the Beaney examining the objects of the East.

Course aim

In the 19th century, new routes opened up India, China and Japan for a new generation of travellers. This course considers how their collections and accounts of their excursions created a vision of the East that we still use today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • An understanding of this history of travel, exchange and encounter.
  • Differentiation between the art and culture of India, China and Japan.
  • An understanding of the history of India, China and Japan in relation to Britain.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Globe-Trotter of the Eastern Grand Tour, 1870-1920

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