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Travel Writing, Form, and Empire
The Poetics and Politics of Mobility





ISBN 9780415962940
Published November 3, 2008 by Routledge
266 Pages

 
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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.

Table of 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

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Editor(s)

Biography

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).