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Travel, Writing and the Media
Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

ISBN 9780367520441
Published March 4, 2022 by Routledge
320 Pages 68 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The nexus between travel, writing and media in the contemporary world is dense: travel practice is increasingly interwoven with media; representations in old and new media are co-present and converge. Digitisation has had a profound impact on the practice and mediation of travel, but this volume aims to show that travel and its representation have always been enlaced with media.

With contributions by experts in literary and cultural studies, journalism studies and informatics, the book takes a multi- and interdisciplinary approach and covers a wide range of media, from the hand-crafted album to social media. It illustrates how current transformations invite us to revisit earlier periods of travel writing and their media environments, and to explore the ways in which contemporary forms of mediation are prefigured by earlier practices and forms.

The book addresses readers interested in travel writing, travel studies and cultural studies.

Table of Contents


Barbara Korte and Anna Karina Sennefelder

1. Travel in Social Media: From Historical Albums to Selfies and Stories

Annegret Pelz

2. Travelling Texts and the Influence of Images: Nineteenth- Century Popular Geographical Travel Magazines

Kirsten Belgum

3. The Media Logic of Victorian Periodicals: Affordances for Travel Writing

Barbara Korte

4. Fleming, Maillart and Their Leicas: Photography and the Transformations of Interwar Travel Writing

Charles Forsdick

5. German Radio Travelogues in the 1950s: Wolfgang Koeppen and Ernst Schnabel

Christopher Meid

6. Walking Books: Practices, Semantics and Mediations of Literary Walks

Barbara Schaff

7. Binge-Watching the World: Contemporary Travel Television on Netflix

Tanja Kapp

8. Video Games as Travel Writing

Tom van Nuenen

9. Harmful or Empowering Convergence?: The Female Traveller and Insta-Aesthetics — Selfies and Documentaries

Anna Karina Sennefelder

10. Youth and Travel Narration: Exploring the Jade Hameister Archive

Kylie Cardell and Kate Douglas

11. Challenging the Tourist Gaze?: Exploring Majority World Countriesʼ Instagram Influencer Practices and the Link to Citizen Travel Journalism

Phoebe Maares and Folker Hanusch

12. Travel Writing Between Poetics and Politics: Three Case Studies on the Genreʼs Mediati(sati)on

Stefano Calzati

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Barbara Korte is a Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Freiburg.

Anna Karina Sennefelder is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Coordinator of the graduate research group "New Travel – New Media" funded by the Volkswagenstiftung Foundation.


"This timely investigation of the mediation and mediatisation of the foreign through travel explores the textual and visual conduits through which travel experiences have been communicated to increasingly global audiences. It makes a bold and exciting contribution to travel writing studies and media history."

Alison E. Martin, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz/Germersheim, Germany

"This is a ground-breaking volume: embracing inter alia magazines, photographs, radio broadcasts and video games, TEDx talks, Twitter feeds, Instagram influencers and Netflix, it maps in exemplary and thought-provoking fashion the multimodal and intermedial dimensions of modern travel culture, from the eighteenth century to the present day."

Carl Thompson, University of Surrey, UK