“Time travel” came to mind, when a student was considering research on “European women travelers in the Middle East during the nineteenth century” for the Orientalism and the Visual Art seminar.
This is how I imagined the journey:
1. Travel with women from the 19th century; look and see with our own eyes through their writings such as this one online:
Griswold, Louise M. Roope.: A woman’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land: or, Pleasant days abroad : being notes of a tour through Europe and the East. Hartford, Conn.: J.B. Burr & Hyde, 1871.
These reminiscences of a woman’s travels through Europe and Asia provide insight into life there.
2. Consult scholars on their methods in making sense of these travel writings with books at Tisch:
3. Travel even further back in time through these 17th and 18th centuries books:
Howell, James. Instructions and directions for forren travell … : with a new appendix for travelling into Turkey and the Levant parts. London, 1650. 156pp.
Shaw, Thomas. Travels, or Observations relating to several parts of Barbary and the Levant. 2nd ed., with great improvements …. London, 1757. 579pp.
Source: Making of the Modern World