Published May 12th 2011 by Routledge – 8 pages
Series: The New Critical Idiom
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:
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.
"…a really exceptional introduction to the genre … as exhaustive in its coverage as it is scrupulous in its analysis of the different forms and effects of travel writing." -- Robert Spencer
University of Manchester, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 48.4
"This is an outstanding volume, cogently argued and intelligently illustrated. It is a highly recommended introduction for those curious about the subject, but will also constitute for those already familiar with the field a refreshing engagement with, and firm intervention in, contemporary scholarship on the form." – Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool, Studies in Travel Writing 17.1
Introduction 1. Defining the Genre Exclusive and Inclusive Definitions of Travel Writing Traveller’s Tales: Fact and Fiction in Travel Writing The Cultural and Intellectual Status of Travel Writing 2. Travel Writing through the Ages: An Overview The Ancient World Medieval Travellers and Travel Writing Early Modern Travel Writing The Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1837 The Victorian and Edwardian Periods, 1837-1914 Travel Writing from 1914 to the Present 3. Reporting the World Discoveries and Wonders: Some Perennial Problems in Travel Writing Shifting Protocols of Authentication and Plausibility Authority and Factuality in the Modern Travel Book 4. Revealing the Self Grand Tourists, Pilgrims and Questing Knights: Self-Fashioning in Addison’s Remarks on Italy (1705) and Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana (1596) Writing the Self: Travel Writing’s Inward Turn The Imperious ‘I’ 5. Representing the Other Strategies of Othering I: Travel Writing and Colonial Discourse Strategies of Othering II: Travel Writing in a Post/Neo-Colonial Era 6. Questions of Gender and Sexuality Masculinity, Travel and Travel Writing Women’s Travel Writing in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Performing Femininity on the Page Women Travellers and Colonialism Women’s Travel Writing Today
Carl Thompson is Senior Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University.