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Voyages and Visions: Towards a Cultural History of Travel (Critical Views)

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A much-needed contribution to the expanding interest in the history of travel and travel writing, Voyages and Visions is the first attempt to sketch a cultural history of travel from the sixteenth century to the present day. The essays address the theme of travel as a historical, literary and imaginative process, focusing on significant episodes and encounters in world history.

The contributors to this collection include historians of art and of science, anthropologists, literary critics and mainstream cultural historians. Their essays encompass a challenging range of subjects, including the explorations of South America, India and Mexico; mountaineering in the Himalayas; space travel; science fiction; and American post-war travel fiction. Voyages and Visions is truly interdisciplinary, and essential reading for anyone interested in travel writing.

With essays by Kasia Boddy, Michael Bravo, Peter Burke, Melissa Calaresu, Jesus Maria Carillo Castillo, Peter Hansen, Edward James, Nigel Leask, Joan-Pau Rubies and Wes Williams.

About the Author

Jas Elsner is a lecturer in Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London.

Joan-Pau Rubies is a lecturer in History at the University of Reading.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Editors and Contributors

Introduction - Jas Elsner and Joan-Pau Rubiés

1. From Mt Ventoux to Mt Masaya: The Rise and Fall of Subjectivity in Early Modern Travel Narrative - Jesús Carrillo

2. Futility in the New World: Narratives of Travel in Sixteenth-Century America - Joan-Pau Rubiés

3. 'Rubbing up against others': Montaigne on Pilgrimage - Wes Williams

4. The Philosopher as Traveller: Bernier's Orient - Peter Burke

5. Looking for Virgil's Tomb: The End of the Grand Tour and the Cosmopolitan Ideal in Europe - Melissa Calaresu

6. Precision and Curiosity in Scientific Travel: James Rennell and the Orientalist Geography of the New Imperial Age (1760-1830) - Michael T. Bravo

7. 'The Ghost in Chapultepec': Fanny Calderón de la Barca, William Prescott and Nineteenth-Century Mexican Travel Accounts - Nigel Leask

8. Partners: Guides and Sherpas in the Alps and Himalayas, 1850s-1950s - Peter H. Hansen

9. The European Journey in Postwar American Fiction and Film - Kasia Boddy

10. Per ardua ad astra: Authorial Choice and the Narrative of Interstellar Travel - Edward James

References

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Acknowledgements

Photographic Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861890207
Editor:
Elsner, Jas
Editor:
Rubies, Joan-Pau
Editor:
Rubic)S, Joan-Pau
Editor:
Elsner, Jas; Rubies, Joan-Pau
Editor:
Elsner, Jas
Editor:
Rubies, Joan-Pau
Author:
Elsner, Jas
Author:
Rubies, Joan-Pau
Author:
Elsner, Jaos
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Location:
London :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Critical Views
Series Volume:
99-9
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
254
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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