Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing

ISBN-10: 0521697395

ISBN-13: 9780521697392

Edition: 2012

Authors: Tim Youngs
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Description: Critics have long struggled to find a suitable category for travelogues. From its ancient origins to the present day, the travel narrative has borrowed elements from various genres - from epic poetry to literary reportage - in order to evoke distant cultures and exotic locales, and sometimes those closer to hand. Tim Youngs argues in this lucid and detailed Introduction that travel writing redefines the myriad genres it comprises and is best understood on its own terms. To this end, Youngs surveys some of the most celebrated travel literature from the medieval period until the present, exploring themes such as the quest motif, the traveler's inner journey, postcolonial travel, and issues of gender and sexuality. The text culminates in a chapter on twenty-first-century travel writing and offers predictions about future trends in the genre, making this Introduction an ideal guide for today's students, teachers, and travel writing enthusiasts.

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/27/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction: defining the terms
Historical Overview
Medieval and early modern travel writing
Travel writing in the long eighteenth century
Travel writing in the long nineteenth century
1900 to the present
Continuities and Departures
Quests
Inner journeys
Traveling b(l)ack
Gender and sexuality
Writing and Reading Travel
Writing travel
Reading travel writing
The way ahead: current travel writing
Bibliography
Index
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