Synopses & Reviews
The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing is a broad, specially commissioned introduction to travel writing in English between 1500 and the present. Five essays survey the period's travel writing; six more focus on areas of particular interest--Arabia, the Amazon, Ireland, Calcutta, the Congo and California, while the final three analyze some of the theoretical and cultural dimensions of this enigmatic, influential genre of writing. An extensive further reading list plus a detailed chronology are included.
"...this anthology is a good introduction to the history and criticism of travel writing." American Studies International"Compact, clearly written, well structured, and superbly edited, this volume goes a long way toward correcting the 'absence within the academy of a tradition of critical attention to travel writing'.... Highly recommended." Choice
This book is an introduction to travel writing in English between 1500 and the present.
An introduction to travel writing in English between 1500 and the present.
About the Author
Peter Hulme is Professor in Literature, University of Essex. He is the author of Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 (1986) and Remnants of Conquests: The Island Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998 ( 2000).Tim Youngs is Reader in English and American Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of Travelers in Africa: British Travelogues 1850-1900 (1994), and the editor of Writing and Race (1997).
Table of Contents
Introduction Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs; 1. Stirrings and searchings (1500-1720) William H. Sherman; 2. The Grand Tour and after James Buzard; 3. Exploration and travel outside Europe (1720-1914) Roy Bridges; 4. Modernism and travel (1880-1940) Helen Carr; 5. Travelling to write (1940-2000) Peter Hulme; 6. The Middle East/Arabia: 'the cradle of Islam' Billie Melman; 7. South America/Amazonia: the forest of marvels Neil L. Whitehead; 8. The Pacific/Tahiti: Queen of the south sea isles Rod Edmond; 9. Africa/the Congo: the politics of darkness Tim Youngs; 10. The Isles/Ireland: the wilder shore Glenn Hooper; 11. India/Calcutta: city of palaces and dreadful night Kate Teltscher; 12. The west/California: sites of the future Bruce Greenfield; 13. Travel writing and gender Susan Bassnett; 14. Travel writing and ethnography Joan Pau Rubiés; 15. Travel writing and its theory Mary Baine Campbell; Chronology; Further reading.