This book is a collective effort to investigate and problematise notions of time and temporality in European travel writing from the late medieval period up to the late nineteenth century. It brings together nine researchers in European travel writing and covers a wide range of areas, travel genres, and languages, coherently integrated around the central theme of time and temporalities. Taken together, the contributions consider how temporal aspects evolve and change in regard to spatial, historical, and literary contexts. In a chapter-by-chapter account this volume thus offers various case studies that address the issue of temporality by showing, for example, how time is inscribed in landscape, how travellers’ encounters with other temporalities informed other disciplines; it interrogates the idea of "cultural temporalities" in regard to a tension between past and future, passivity and progression; and focuses on how time is entangled in identity construction proper to travelogues.
Table of Contents
Paula Henrikson and Christina Kullberg, Time, Temporality, and Travel Writing: Introduction
1. Maximilian Benz and Christian Kiening, Time and Temporality in Travel Accounts from the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries: Mandeville, Tucher, Ecklin
2. Christina Kullberg, Like Moses on the Nile: Competing Temporalities in Jean-Baptiste Du Tertre’s Histoire générale des Antilles habitées par les Franҫois (1654/1667)
3. Sylvie Requemora-Gros, Signs of Travel and Memory: The Case of the Wooden Slabs in Jukkasjärvi (1681–1736)
4. Margaret R. Hunt, Almanacs, Polytemporality, and Early Modern Travel
5. Sünne Juterczenka, Time Travel in the Pacific: Maritime Exploration and Eighteenth-Century German Historiography
6. Paula Henrikson, Ruins and Revolutions: Jacob Berggren on Classical Soil
7. Anna Bohlin, Jerusalem in Every Soul: Temporalities of Faith in Fredrika Bremer’s and Harriet Martineau’s Travel Narratives of Palestine
8. Peter Stadius, Temporalities of the Anti-Modern: Angel Ganivet’s Neo-Romantic Mapping of Western Civilisation
Paula Henrikson is professor of Literature at Uppsala University. Her current research concerns the long nineteenth century with a special focus on Romantic classicism and philhellenism in Sweden. Previously, she has published on Romantic drama, textual criticism, and the history of philology in Sweden, and with Christian Janss she was the co-editor of Geschichte der Edition in Skandinavien (2013).
Christina Kullberg is professor of French at Uppsala University, specialised in contemporary Caribbean literature and early modern travel writing. Her publications include The Poetics of Ethnography in Martinican Narratives (2013) and Lire l'Histoire générale des Antilles de J.-B. Du Tertre: Exotisme et établissement français aux Îles (2020). Currently, she is completing a book entitled Entangled Voices in French Early Modern Travel Writing to the Caribbean.