1st Edition

Travel, Writing and the Media Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Edited By Barbara Korte, Anna Karina Sennefelder Copyright 2022
    320 Pages 68 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 68 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapters Introduction, 3, 7 and 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license. Funded by University of Freiburg.


    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


    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