Mohammad Sakhnini



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: English
Department: English Literature

I went to Exeter for my postgraduate education; I completed my Masters degree in 2010. Currently, I am working on my PhD. Over the course of the last four years, I got really interested in the texts written interpreting the dynamic and working of cultures in contact. The very vague question that what does it mean for cultures to meet up and rather condescend to exchange materials, capital and even stories haunted me since I came to the UK in 2009. This is why my Masters thesis was primarily concerned with the questions of travel and writing when the production of texts interpreting authentic yet novel travel experiences became urgent for the early-modern English travellers to the Ottoman Empire. My doctoral project is taking these questions on board, but this time I chose to examine how the production of writing associated with a travelling experience should be studied in relation to space, the space on which these journeys were meant to take place. I am currently working on the representation of the Syrian Desert in the English travel texts written by the English travellers who crossed these spaces in the second half of the eighteenth century.