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The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Travel Writing

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This Companion addresses an exciting emerging field of literary scholarship that charts the intersections of postcolonial studies and travel writing.

Postcolonial Travel Writing

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With its inclusion of original essays challenging the view of travel writing as a Eurocentric genre, this book will stand as a benchmark study of future inquiries in the field. It will revitalize the critical debate, sparking a much needed rethinking of a vibrant and highly popular but also volatile genre that has seen many changes in recent years.

Travel Writing and Empire

Author : Steven H. Clark
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"The book combines detailed evaluations of major contemporary models of analysis - new historicism, travelling theory, and post-colonial studies - with a series of specific studies detailing the complicity of the genre with a history of violent incursion from Columbus's reports from the New World through to the nomadism of postmodern travelogue." "Postcolonial studies has concentrated on travellers as conduits of erasure and appropriation. This book resists the temptation to think in terms of a simple monolithic Eurocentrism and offers a more complex reading of texts produced before, during and after periods of imperial ascendency. In doing so, it provides a more nuanced account of the hegemonic functions of travel writing. As such it is necessary reading for students and academics of cultural studies, literary theory, anthropology and history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

English Travel Writing From Pilgrimages To Postcolonial Explorations

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Travel writing has gained new appeal, and writers from the British Isles have been particularly productive and successful in this genre. This volume provides a concise introduction to the basic characteristics and historical development of travel writing as it has emerged in the British Isles from the Middle Ages to the present day. Examples considered include many classics such as Defoe, Sterne and Smollett, Isabella Bird and Mary Kingsley, Chatwin and Raban, and also lesser known representatives. Types of travel writing discussed include pilgrims' itineraries, exploration writing, tourist accounts as well as postmodern varieties.

Travel Writing in a Postcolonial World

Author : Amine Zidouh
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Essay from the year 2013 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 14/20, University Hassan II. Casablanca, course: The History and Theory of Travel, language: English, abstract: Travel writing has been, is, and probably will remain, demonized by postcolonial critics. This ‘genre’ has very quickly been linked to what Edward Said named Colonial Discourse, mainly for what many believe to be an intertwined relationship with colonialism. Travel writing’s main ‘contribution’ is to have diffused sermons of difference and by difference; inferiority, which was then used a rhetorical apology by the west to conquer and colonize. David Spurr in his book The Rhetoric of Empire argues in the same direction. He suggests that travel writings constituted “a source of information” to future-colonial administrators about the situations in their future colonies; that by describing and gazing upon they already started having a sense of ownership vis-à-vis these spaces. Douglas Ivison starts his article entitled “Travel Writing at the End of Empire...” by arguing in the same direction, he says that “[t]he practice of travel writing, and that of reading travel books, was inextricably intertwined with the creation and maintenance of European imperialism. Travel and its by-product travel writing were both enabled by and essential to, both cause and effect of, the project of imperial expansionism.” (2003: 1) It is thus very clear that there is a definite yet very complex interconnection between imperialism and travel writing.

Mobility at Large

Author : Justin D. Edwards
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Mobility at Large looks at the work of innovative contemporary travel writers who experiment with form, content, and the politics of representation. Authors such as Michael Ondaatje, Caryl Phillips, and Daphne Marlatt have transformed the genre by using a variety of experimental techniques to examine the cultural and political issues raised by travel, migration, mobility, and displacement. This book challenges those who dismiss travel writing as inherently conservative and bound up in a colonial, Eurocentric tradition.

Travel Writing from Black Australia

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Over the past thirty years the Australian travel experience has been ‘Aboriginalized’. Aboriginality has been appropriated to furnish the Australian nation with a unique and identifiable tourist brand. This is deeply ironic given the realities of life for many Aboriginal people in Australian society. On the one hand, Aboriginality in the form of artworks, literature, performances, landscapes, sport, and famous individuals is celebrated for the way it blends exoticism, mysticism, multiculturalism, nationalism, and reconciliation. On the other hand, in the media, cinema, and travel writing, Aboriginality in the form of the lived experiences of Aboriginal people has been exploited in the service of moral panic, patronized in the name of white benevolence, or simply ignored. For many travel writers, this irony - the clash between different regimes of valuing Aboriginality - is one of the great challenges to travelling in Australia. Travel Writing from Black Australia examines the ambivalence of contemporary travelers’ engagements with Aboriginality. Concentrating on a period marked by the rise of discourses on Aboriginality championing indigenous empowerment, self-determination, and reconciliation, the author analyses how travel to Black Australia has become, for many travelers, a means of discovering ‘new’—and potentially transformative—styles of interracial engagement.

The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Travel Writing

Author : Robert Clarke
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The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Travel Writing offers readers an insight into the scope and range of perspectives that one encounters in this field of writing. Encompassing a diverse range of texts and styles, performances and forms, postcolonial travel writing recounts journeys undertaken through places, cultures, and communities that are simultaneously living within, through, and after colonialism in its various guises. The Companion is organized into three parts. Part I, 'Departures', addresses key theoretical issues, topics, and themes. Part II, 'Performances', examines a range of conventional and emerging travel performances and styles in postcolonial travel writing. Part III, 'Peripheries' continues to shift the analysis of travel writing from the traditional focus on Eurocentric contexts. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the field, appealing to students and teachers of travel writing and postcolonial studies.

Travel Writing

Author : Carl Thompson
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An increasingly popular genre – addressing issues of empire, colonialism, post-colonialism, globalization, gender and politics – travel writing offers the reader a movement between the familiar and the unknown. In this volume, Carl Thompson: introduces the genre, outlining competing definitions and key debates provides a broad historical survey from the medieval period to the present day explores the autobiographical dimensions of the form looks at both men and women’s travel writing, surveying a range of canonical and more marginal works, drawn from both the colonial and postcolonial era utilises both British and American travelogues to consider the genre's role in shaping the history of both nations. Concise and practical, Travel Writing is the ideal introduction for those new to the subject, as well as a crucial overview of current debates in the field.

Postcolonial Eyes

Author : Aedín Ní Loingsigh
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Over the past two decades, scholarly interest in travel and travel writing has developed significantly. Critical engagement with issues such as imperialism, postcolonialism, ethnography, and cultural anthropology has led to increasingly sophisticated readings of the travel writing genre and a growing acknowledgement of its complex history. This volume is the first of its kind to identify a specifically Sub-Saharan African lineage within the broader tradition of travel writing, and it explores the reason for Africans’ exclusion from the genre, as well as the important relationship between ethnicity and travel in the concerns that define African writers’ approaches to travel.