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Travel Writing

ISBN 9780415374989
Published November 9, 2012 by Routledge
1653 Pages

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Book Description

The past three decades have seen a remarkable growth of cross-disciplinary academic interest in travel writing. This new four-volume collection from Routledge brings together the best research from scholars around the world. The collection also features pieces by travel writers themselves discussing their work, including:

  • Michael Cronin on travel and translation
  • Robyn Davidson interviewed by Tim Youngs
  • Peter Hulme on Columbus
  • David Espey on Americans in Vietnam
  • John Hutnyk on Calcutta
  • Charles Forsdick on French travel writing
  • Mary Louise Pratt on travel-writing scholarship
  • Richard White on Australian travellers.

Volume1 focuses on the production of travel writing; Volume 2 on the contexts of travel writing; Volume 3 on modes of travel and types of traveller; and Volume 4 on critical approaches to travel writing.

Table of Contents

Volume I

Part 1: Writing Travel

1. Jonathan Raban, ‘The Journey and the Book’, For Love and Money: Writing, Reading, Travelling, 1969–1987 (Collins Harvill, 1987), pp. 253–60.

2. Ella Maillart, ‘My Philosophy of Travel’, Traveller’s Quest: Original Contributions Towards a Philosophy of Travel (William Hodge, 1950), pp. 114–26.

3. Tim Youngs, ‘Interview with Robyn Davidson’, Studies in Travel Writing, March 2005, 9, 1, 21–36.

4. Colin Thubron, ‘Travel Writing Today: Its Rise and Its Dilemma’, in A. N. Wilson (ed.), Essays by Diverse Hands: Being the Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature (Boydell, 1984), pp. 167–81.

Part 2: Editing and Publishing Travel

5. Daniel Carey, ‘Hakluyt’s Instructions: The Principal Navigations and Sixteenth-Century Travel Advice’, Studies in Travel Writing, 2009, 13, 2, 167–85.

6. David Henige, ‘Tractable Texts: Modern Editing and the Columbian Writings’, in Germaine Warkentin (ed.), Critical Issues in Editing Exploration Texts: Papers Given at the Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference on Editorial Problems, University of Toronto, 6–7 November 1992 (University of Toronto Press, 1995), pp. 1–35.

7. J. C. Beaglehole, ‘Some Problems of Editing Cook’s Journals’, Historical Studies, 1957, 8, 1–12.

8. Gary E. Moulton, ‘Editorial Procedures’ for The Journals of Lewis and Clark (

9. Marie‐Noëlle Bourguet, ‘A Portable World: The Notebooks of European Travellers’, Intellectual History Review, 2010, 20, 3, 377–400.

10. C. W. J. Withers and I. M. Keighren, ‘Travels into Print: Authoring, Editing and Narratives of Travel, c. 1815–c. 1857’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2011, 36, 560–73.

11. Charles Sugnet, ‘Vile Bodies, Vile Places: Travelling with Granta’, Transition, 1991, 51, 70–85.

12. Dea Birkett and Sara Wheeler, ‘Introduction’, in Dea Birkett and Sara Wheeler (eds.), Amazonian: The Penguin Book of Women’s New Travel Writing (Penguin, 1998), pp. vii–xiii.

13. Robyn Davidson, ‘Introduction’, The Picador Book of Journeys (Picador, 2001), pp. 1–7.

Part 3: Travel and Translation

14. William H. Sherman, ‘Bringing the World to England: The Politics of Translation in the Age of Hakluyt’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 2004, 14, 199–207.

15. Loredana Polezzi, ‘Different Journeys Along the River: Claudio Magris’s Danubio and its Translation’, Modern Language Review, 1998, 93, 3 678–94.

16. Michael Cronin, Travelling Minorities: Language, Translation and the Global’, in Jan Borm and Jean-Yves Le Disez (eds.), Seuils et Traverses: enjeux de l’écriture du voyage, Vol. 1 (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, 2002), pp. 249–60.

17. Roxanne L. Euben, ‘Traveling Theorists and Translating Practices’ in Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 2006), pp. 20–45.

Volume II: The Contexts of Travel

Part 4: Sites and Zones

18. Peter Hulme, ‘Patagonian Cases: Travel Writing, Fiction, History’, in Jan Borm and Jean-Yves Le Disez (eds.), Seuils et Traverses: enjeux de l’écriture du voyage, Vol. 2 (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, 2002), pp. 223–37.

19. Claire Lindsay, ‘Spectacular Andean Adventures’, Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America (Routledge, 2010), pp. 47–65.

20. Susan Morgan, ‘Place Matters’, Gendered Geography in Victorian Women’s Travel Books about Southeast Asia (Rutgers University Press, 1996), pp. 1–30.

21. John Hutnyk, ‘Writing Calcutta’, The Rumour of Calcutta (Zed Books, 1996), pp. 86–116.

22. David Espey, ‘Americans in Vietnam: Travel Writing and the War’, Studies in Travel Writing, 2004, 8, 2, 149–78.

23. Alex Hughes, ‘On Being in the Place of the Cultural Other: Marc Boulet’s Travels in China and India’, Journal of European Studies, 2006, 36, 1, 43–60.

24. Peter Bishop, ‘An Imaginative Geography’, The Myth of Shangri-La: Tibet, Travel Writing and the Western Creation of Sacred Landscape (Athlone Press, 1989), pp. 1–24.

25. Lydia Wevers, ‘The Business of Travel’, Country of Writing: Travel, Writing and New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2002), pp. 169–86.

26. Robert Clarke, ‘Intimate Strangers: Contemporary Australian Travel Writing and the Semiotics of Empathy’, Journal of Australian Studies, 2005, 29, 69–81.

27. Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, ‘Travel, Representation, and Difference, or How Can One Be a Parisian?’, Research in African Literatures, 1992, 23, 3, 25–39.

28. Sharon Ouditt, ‘Walking in the Footsteps of the Illustrious Dead: Nineteenth-Century Travellers in Southern Italy’, Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, 2006, 8, 99–113.

29. Alex Drace-Francis, ‘Paradoxes of Occidentalism: On Travel and Travel Writing in Ceauşescu’s Romania’, in A. Hammond (ed.), The Balkans and the West: Constructing the European Other, 1945–2003 (Ashgate, 2004), pp. 69–80.

30. E. Leane, ‘Antarctic Travel Writing and the Problematics of the Pristine: Two Australian Novelists’ Narratives of Tourist Voyages to Antarctica’, Proceedings of Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism, 27–29 June 2004, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania (2005), pp. 1–8.

Part 5: Times and Periods

31. Jaś Elsner and Joan Pau Rubiés, ‘Introduction’, in Elsner and Rubiés (eds.), Voyages and Visions: Towards a Cultural History of Travel (Reaktion, 1999), pp. 1–15.

32. James Redfield, ‘Herodotus the Tourist’, Classical Philology, 1985, 80, 2, 97–118.

33. Mary Baine Campbell, ‘Spiritual Quest and Social Space: Texts of Hard Travel for God on Earth and in the Heart’, in Elaine Treharne and Greg Walker (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English (Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 707–24.

34. Peter Hulme, ‘Columbus and the Cannibals’, Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492–1797 (Routledge, 1992), pp. 13–43.

35. Michel de Certeau, ‘Travel Narratives of the French in Brazil: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries’, Representations, 1991, 33, 221–5.

36. Joan-Pau Rubies, ‘Travel Writing as a Genre: Facts, Fictions and the Invention of a Scientific Discourse in Early Modern Europe’, Journeys, 2000, 2, 1, 5–35.

37. Mary Fuller, ‘Making Something of It: Questions of Value in the Early English Travel Collection’, Journal of Early Modern History, 2006, 6, 11–38.

38. Tim Fulford and Debbie Lee, ‘Mental Travelers: Joseph Banks, Mungo Park, and the Romantic Imagination’, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 2002, 24, 2, 117–37.

39. Carl Thompson, ‘The Explorer as Saint: Mungo Park in West Africa’, The Suffering Traveller (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 170–85.

40. Nigel Leask, ‘Introduction: Practices and Narratives of Romantic Travel’, Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing 1770–1840 (Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 1–14.

41. James Buzard, The Beaten Track: European Tourism, Literature, and the Ways to ‘Culture’, 1800–1918 (Clarendon Press, 1993), pp. 64–79.

42. Paul Fussell, ‘The Travel Atmosphere’, Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars (Oxford University Press, 1980), pp. 50–64.

43. Graham Huggan and Patrick Holland, ‘Postmodern Itineraries’, Tourists with Typewriters: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Travel Writing (University of Michigan Press, 1998), pp. 157–78.

Volume III: Modes of Travel, Types of Traveller

Part 6: Modes of Travel

44. Rebecca Solnit, ‘A Thousand Miles of Conventional Sentiment: The Literature of Walking’, Wanderlust: A History of Walking (Viking, 2000), pp. 118–32.

45. Robin Jarvis, ‘Walking and Talking: Late-Romantic Voices’, Romantic Writing and Pedestrian Travel (Macmillan, 1997), pp. 192–215.

46. Andrew Hassam, ‘Passenger Sketches and Social Identity’, Sailing to Australia: Shipboard Diaries by Nineteenth-Century British Emigrants (Manchester University Press, 1994), pp. 107–34.

47. John Lucas, ‘Discovering England: The View from the Train’, Literature and History, 1997, 6, 2, 37–55.

48. Denice Turner, ‘Imaginative Geographies and the Invention of the Aerial Subject’, Writing the Heavenly Frontier: Metaphor, Geography, and Flight Autobiography in America, 1927–1954 (Rodopi, 2011), pp. 9–24.

49. Sidonie Smith, ‘On the Road: (Auto)Mobility and Gendered Detours’, Moving Lives: Twentieth-Century Women’s Travel Writing (University of Minnesota Press, 2001), pp. 167–202.

50. Alasdair Pettinger, ‘Trains, Boats and Planes: Some Reflections on Travel Writing and Public Transport’, in Jan Borm and Jean-Yves Le Disez (eds.), Seuils et Traverses: enjeux de l’écriture du voyage, Vol. 2 (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, 2002), pp. 107–15.

51. Charles Forsdick, ‘Around the World in a 2CV: Post-War French Travel Writing and the Reordering of "Elsewhere"’, Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures (Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 106–33.

Part 7: Types of Traveller

52. John Wilkinson, Jerusalem Pilgrimages Before the Crusades (Aris and Phillips, 2002), pp. 1–27.

53. Paul Genoni, ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress Across Time: Medievalism and Modernity on the Road to Santiago’, Studies in Travel Writing, 2011, 15, 2, 157–75.

54. Anna Johnston, ‘Missionary Writing in Polynesia’, Missionary Writing and Empire, 1800–1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 136–64.

55. Jeanne Kay Guelke and Karen M. Morin, ‘Gender, Nature, Empire: Women Naturalists in Nineteenth Century British Travel Literature’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2001, 26, 3, 306–26.

56. Felix Driver, ‘Distance and Disturbance: Travel, Exploration and Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 2004, 14, 73–92.

57. Richard White, ‘The Soldier as Tourist: The Australian Experience of the Great War’, War & Society, 1987, 5, 1, 63–77.

58. Corinne Fowler, ‘"Replete with Danger": The Legacy of British Travel Narratives to News Media Coverage of Afghanistan’, Studies in Travel Writing, 2007, 11, 2, 155–75.

59. Pia Sillanpää, ‘The Scandinavian Sporting Tour 1830–1914’, in Brent Lovelock (ed.), Tourism and the Consumption of Wildlife: Hunting, Shooting and Sport Fishing (Routledge, 2008), pp. 59–72.

60. Stephen Donovan, ‘Touring in Extremis: Travel and Adventure in the Congo’, in Tim Youngs (ed.), Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century (Anthem Press, 2006), pp. 37–54.

61. David Callahan, ‘Consuming and Erasing Portugal in the Lonely Planet Guide to East Timor’, Postcolonial Studies, 2011, 14, 1, 95–109.

Volume IV: Approaches to travel

62. Jan Borm, ‘Defining Travel: On the Travel Book, Travel Writing and Terminology’, in Glenn Hooper and Tim Youngs (eds.), Perspectives on Travel Writing (Ashgate, 2004), pp. 13–26.

63. James Clifford, ‘Notes on Theory and Travel’, in James Clifford and Vivek Dhareshwar (eds.), Traveling Theories: Traveling Theorists (1989), pp. 177–88.

64. Jean-Didier Urbain, ‘I Travel, Therefore I Am: The "Nomad Mind" and the Spirit of Travel?’, Studies in Travel Writing, 2000, 4, 1, 141–64.

65. Ali Behdad, ‘The Politics of Adventure: Theories of Travel, Discourses of Power’, in Kuehn and Smethurst, Travel Writing, Form and the Empire: The Poetics and Politics of Mobility (Routledge, 2009), pp. 80–94.

66. Susan Bassnett, ‘Constructing Cultures: The Politics of Travellers’ Tales’, Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 1993), pp. 92–114.

67. David Scott, ‘Jungle Books: (Mis-)reading the Jungle with Gide, Michaux and Leiris’, Semiologies of Travel: From Gautier to Baudrillard (Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp. 161–88.

68. Krim Benterrak, Stephen Muecke, and Paddy Roe, Reading the Country: Introduction to Nomadology (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1984), pp. 15–21.

69. Mary Louise Pratt, ‘Modernity, Mobility and Ex-coloniality’, in Jan Borm and Jean-Yves Le Disez (eds.), Seuils et Traverses: enjeux de l’écriture du voyage, Vol. 1 (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, 2002), pp. 107–15.

70. James Duncan and Derek Gregory, ‘Spaces of Representation’ and ‘Spaces of Travel’, in James Duncan and Derek Gregory (eds.), Writes of Passage: Reading Travel Writing (Routledge, 1999), pp. 3–8.

71. Wendy Bracewell, ‘New Men, Old Europe: Being a Man in Balkan Travel Writing’, in Wendy Bracewell and Alex Drace-Francis (eds.), Balkan Departures: Travel Writing from Southeastern Europe (Berghahn Books, 2009), pp. 137–60.

72. Sara Mills, ‘Feminist Work on Women’s Travel Writing’, Discourses of Difference: An Analysis of Women’s Travel Writing and Colonialism (Routledge, 1993), pp. 27–46.

73. Elizabeth Hagglund, ‘Travel Writing as Domestic Ritual’, Mind and Human Interaction, 2005, 14, 1, 89–95.

74. Johannes Fabian, ‘Time, Narration, and the Exploration of Central Africa’, Narrative, 2001, 9, 1, 3–20.

75. Neil L. Whitehead, ‘The Historical Anthropology of Text: The Interpretation of Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana’, Current Anthropology, 1995, 36, 1, 53–63.

76. Pat Hohepa, ‘My Musket, My Missionary, and My Mana’, in Alex Calder, Jonathan Lamb, and Bridget Orr (eds.), Voyages and Beaches: Pacific Encounters, 1769–1840 (University of Hawai’i Press, 1999), pp. 180–201.

77. Jopi Nyman, ‘Fancy Some Cobra? Exploring Vietnamese Cuisine in Contemporary Culinary Travelogues’, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 2003, 4, 1, 84–102.

78. Aedín Ní Loingsigh, ‘L’Africain du Groenland: "Primitive" on "Primitives"’, Postcolonial Eyes (Liverpool University Press, 2009), pp. 123–49.

79. Greg Dening, ‘Voyaging the Past, Present, and Future: Historical Reenactments on HM Bark Endeavour and the Voyaging Canoe Hokule’a in the Sea of Islands’, in F. A. Nussbaum (ed.), The Global Eighteenth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 309–24.

80. Richard Phillips, ‘Decolonising Geographies of Travel: Reading James/Jan Morris’, Social and Cultural Geography, 2001, 2, 1, 5–24.

81. Tim Youngs, ‘Pushing Against the Black/White Limits of Maps: African American Writings of Travel’, English Studies in Africa, 2010, 53, 2, 71–85.

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