Emphasizing the role of travel and migration in the performance and transformation of identity, this volume addresses representations of travel, mobility, and migration in 19th–21st-century travel writing, literature, and media texts. In so doing, the book analyses the role of the various cultural, ethnic, gender, and national encounters pertinent to narratives of travel and migration in transforming and problematizing the identities of both the travelers and "travelees" enacting in the borderzones between cultures. While the individual essays by scholars from a wide range of countries deal with a variety of case studies from various historical, spatial, and cultural locations, they share a strong central interest in the ways in which the narratives of travel contribute to the imagining of ethnic encounters and how they have acted as sites of transformation and transculturation from the early nineteenth century to the present day. In addition to discussing textual representations of travel and migration, the volume also addresses the ways in which cultural texts themselves travel and are reconstructed in various cultural settings. The analyses are particularly attentive to the issues of globalization and migration, which provide a general frame for interpretation. What distinguishes the volume from existing books is its concern with travel and migration as ways of forging transcultural identities that are able to subvert existing categorizations and binary models of identity formation. In so doing, it pays particular attention to the performance of identity in various spaces of cultural encounter, ranging from North America to the East of Europe, putting particular emphasis on the representation of intercultural and ethnic encounters.
Table of Contents
Introduction Eleftheria Arapoglou, Mónika Fodor, and Jopi Nyman Part I: Travels In/Out 1. Tourism, Sustainable Development, and Ethnic Identity: A Critique Richard Sharpley 2. Between Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny: Spanish American Travel Narratives of Jacksonian America Astrid Haas 3. ‘The Politics of Location’: American Travel Discourse in Early Nineteenth Century Greece Smaragda Yemenedzi-Malathouni 4. The Rhetoric of Unreality: Travel Writing And Ethnography in Edith Wharton’s In Morocco Ágnes Zsofia Kovács 5. Narrative Trans-ethnicity in the Correspondence of John Xántus and Spencer Fullerton Baird Mónika Fodor Part II: Travelling Texts 6.Traveling Texts and Tropes: Oedipus in the Township, The Illiad in Australia, Judges in Haiti: Towards a Transcultural -Local Aesthetics Miki Flockenmann 7. ‘Can’t Films Be Therapeutic?’: Cinema, Psychoanalysis, And Zionism in Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir Nicholas Baer 8. Traveling across the Nation: Chinese Migration and the American Western Plays of the 1870s Zoe Detsi-Diamanti 9. Religious Syncretism, Iconography, and Trans-Ethnic Subjectivity Construction: The Role of the Virgin of Guadalupe in María Cristina Mena’s and Cherríe Moraga’s Literary Work Angelika Köhler Part III: Travellers Displaced 10. Hotel Hades Aritha Van Herk 11. Passports and Prayers: Relocating an Irish Religious Identity in Mary Anne Madden Sadlier’s Emigrant Novels Yvonne O’Keeffe 12. The Impossibility of Transporting Identity: The Representation of Diasporic Irishness in Transatlantic Irish Fiction 1860-1900 Lindsay Janssen 13. Intimations of Displacement in Irish and Galician Poetry Manuela Palacios 14. The Female Ethnic Writer's 'Re-Turn' to the Ancestral Hearth: Greece and Italy Revisited Theodora D. Patrona 15."I Have Seen the Future and It is Mongrel:" Time Travel, Race, and Music in Richard Powers's The Time of Our Singing Monika Mueller Part IV: Transcultural Spaces in East and West 16. ‘The Unbearable Whiteness of Being’: Negotiating Hybridity in Post-Soviet Jewish American Narrative Jesper Reddig 17. Dybek’s Diaspora Tamas Dobozi 18. Stability and Mobility: Hyperterritoriality And Ethnic Intersections on Ivo Andric’s The Bridge on the Drina Andrew White 19. A Travelling Self with no Return Address: Anca Vlasopolos Ioana Luca
Eleftheria Arapoglou is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of California at Davis, US.
Mónika Fodor is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Literatures and Cultures at the University of Pécs, Hungary.
Jopi Nyman is Professor of Foreign Languages and Translation Studies in the School of Humanities at the University of Eastern Finland.