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Travel Writing, Form, and Empire

The Poetics and Politics of Mobility

Edited by Julia Kuehn, Paul Smethurst

Routledge – 2009 – 256 pages

Series: Routledge Research in Travel Writing

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Description

This collection of essays is an important contribution to travel writing studies -- looking beyond the explicitly political questions of postcolonial and gender discourses, it considers the form, poetics, institutions and reception of travel writing in the history of empire and its aftermath.

Starting from the premise that travel writing studies has received much of its impetus and theoretical input from the sometimes overgeneralized precepts of postcolonial studies and gender studies, this collection aims to explore more widely and more locally the expression of imperialist discourse in travel writing, and also to locate within contemporary travel writing attempts to evade or re-engage with the power politics of such discourse. There is a double focus then to explore further postcolonial theory in European travel writing (Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanic), and to trace the emergence of postcolonial forms of travel writing. The thread that draws the two halves of the collection together is an interest in form and relations between form and travel.

Contents

Contents

List of Figures

Introduction

PAUL SMETHURST

PART ONE: The Discursive Terrains of Empire

  1. Asia, Africa, Abyssinia: Writing the Land of Prester John

    MARY BAINE CAMPBELL

  2. Richard Hakluyt’s Foreign Relations
  3. MARY FULLER

  4. Imperial Design and Travel Writing: New France 1603-1636

    JACK WARWICK

  5. The Page as Private/ Public Space in Mariana Starke’s Travel Writings on Italy

    SUSAN PICKFORD

  6. The Politics of Adventure: Theories of Travel, Discourses of Power

    ALI BEHDAD

  7. Relocating Domesticity: Letters from India by Lady Hariot Dufferin

    EADAOIN AGNEW

  8. Translating Culture: Harriet Martineau’s Eastern Travels

    LESA SCHOLL

  9. PART TWO: Unravelling Forms of Travel

  10. Signs in the Jungle: Michaux in Ecuador

    DAVID SCOTT

  11. Deep Maps: Travelling on the Spot

    PETER HULME

  12. Making it Move: The Aboriginal in the Whitefella's Artifact

    TIM YOUNGS

  13. Reconciliation and Contemporary Australian Travel Writing

    ROBERT CLARKE

  14. To Witness & Remember: Reconciliation Travel

    PETER BISHOP

  15. The Political Tourist’s Archive: Susan Meiselar’s Images of Nicaragua

    MAUREEN MOYNAGH

  16. Road to Nowhere? Los autonautas de la cosmopista by Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlop

    CLAIRE LINDSAY

Afterword - Travel and Power

BILL ASHCROFT

Notes on Contributors

Index

Author Bio

Julia Kuehn teaches English literature at the University of Hong Kong. Her publications include Glorious Vulgarity: Marie Corelli’s Feminine Sublime in a Popular Context (2004), A Century of Travels in China: Travel Writing from the 1840s to the 1940s (ed., 2007), and China Abroad: Travels, Subjects, Spaces (ed., forthcoming 2009).

Paul Smethurst is Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong. His publications include The Postmodern Chronotope (2000) and The Reinvention of Nature: Scientific, Picturesque and Romantic Travel Writing (forthcoming). He is co-editor with Steve Clark of Asian Crossings: Travel Writing on China, Japan and South East Asia (2008).

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Description: Edited by Julia Kuehn, Paul Smethurst. This collection of essays is an important contribution to travel writing studies -- looking beyond the explicitly political questions of postcolonial and gender discourses, it considers the form, poetics, institutions and reception of travel writing in...
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