Travel Writing, Form, and Empire

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

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 10 pages
  • 150 x 224 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 3 black & white tables, 7 black & white halftones
  • 0415542502
  • 9780415542500
  • 2,089,070

About Julia Kuehn

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).show more

Table of contents

Contents List of Figures Introduction PAUL SMETHURST PART ONE: The Discursive Terrains of Empire * Asia, Africa, Abyssinia: Writing the Land of Prester John MARY BAINE CAMPBELL * Richard Hakluyt's Foreign Relations MARY FULLER * Imperial Design and Travel Writing: New France 1603-1636 JACK WARWICK * The Page as Private/ Public Space in Mariana Starke's Travel Writings on Italy SUSAN PICKFORD * The Politics of Adventure: Theories of Travel, Discourses of Power ALI BEHDAD * Relocating Domesticity: Letters from India by Lady Hariot Dufferin EADAOIN AGNEW * Translating Culture: Harriet Martineau's Eastern Travels LESA SCHOLL PART TWO: Unravelling Forms of Travel * Signs in the Jungle: Michaux in Ecuador DAVID SCOTT * Deep Maps: Travelling on the Spot PETER HULME * Making it Move: The Aboriginal in the Whitefella's Artifact TIM YOUNGS * Reconciliation and Contemporary Australian Travel Writing ROBERT CLARKE * To Witness & Remember: Reconciliation Travel PETER BISHOP * The Political Tourist's Archive: Susan Meiselar's Images of Nicaragua MAUREEN MOYNAGH * Road to Nowhere? Los autonautas de la cosmopista by Julio Cortazar and Carol Dunlop CLAIRE LINDSAY Afterword - Travel and Power BILL ASHCROFT Notes on Contributors Indexshow more