SSEES and the Centre for Publishing, UCL.
Travellers both East and West have made this universal human necessity into a marker of fundamental cultural difference, passing judgment on other societies according to their lavatorial habits. Here the loos of Europe provide a place for a variety of travellers to ponder. Whether they express themselves with wit, outrage or po-faced pedantry, they all find the lavatory awash with meaning.
In this compilation of extracts from travellers' accounts of confronting the problem of where to go while on the road or, to be blunt, writing on toilets, Wendy Bracewell and Alex Drace-Francis humorously consider the way that travellers, East and West, have turned this universal human necessity into a site of cultural - nay, fundamental - difference. Now an expanded version (this time published under the editors' real names) has been produced as an experimental collaboration between the School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the UCL Department of Information Studies. The new book contains the results of the editors' researches into travellers' latrinalia through the ages, from a 15th-century Jerusalem pilgrim's advice on using the facilities on a galley to a Bessarabian memoirist's musings on the intimate space of the Soviet tualet. The book was produced as a project in the Department of Information Studies, with postgraduate students in publishing working on the design, printing and marketing, to gain hands-on experience of book publishing.
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