Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America
Routledge – 2010 – 176 pages
This book considers how contemporary travelers from Latin America write their journeys at and about home. How do Latin American writers of the late twentieth-century negotiate the hybrid and volatile category of travel writing, which has been shaped in large part by myriad Euro-American travelers? How do they engage with the enduring myths about the region perpetuated by their imperial/ist predecessors? And, if not journeys of expansion or exploration, on precisely what kinds of ‘travel’ do their own journeys rest? Drawing on ideas from many disciplines, including anthropology, philosophy, sociology, literary and cultural studies, this book considers contemporary journey narratives from Latin America through a series of case studies concerning four key sites of travel, each of which engenders particular forms of travel and travel narrative: Patagonia, the Andes, Mexico and the Mexico-US border. This book thus explores the complex practice and representation of journeys in the region by writers including Luis Sepúlveda, Mempo Giardinelli, Andrés Ruggeri, Ana García Bergua, Silvia Molina, María Luisa Puga, Rubén Martínez and Luis Alberto Urrea. In doing so, it explores questions relating to mobility, representation, and globalization that are of widespread concern across the world today.
List of Figures Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Introduction: Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America Chapter 2: In (Postmodern) Patagonia Chapter 3: Spectacular Andean Adventures Chapter 4: Unhomely Mexico Chapter 5: "Real" Ethnographies Afterword Notes Bibliography Index
Claire Lindsay is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Literature at University College London.