The Society for American Travel Writing fosters interest and scholarship in travel writing by American authors or about America by hosting panels at professional conferences, particularly the annual conference of the American Literature Association, and by pursuing other appropriate activities. The SATW has consistently promoted academic exploration and valuing of travel writing and travel writing studies, from a time before travel writing was accepted as a legitimate disciplinary area in literary studies, as defined by the Modern Language Association. In particular, its regular examination of “American” identity in travel writing has affiliated it with larger inquiries about subjectivity, nationalism, and post-colonialism in literary studies.

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