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Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing

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ISBN-10: 0521867800

ISBN-13: 9780521867801

Edition: 2006

Authors: Debbie Lisle

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To what extent do best-selling travel books, such as those by Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Bruce Chatwin and Michael Palin, tell us as much about world politics as newspaper articles, policy documents and press releases? Debbie Lisle argues that the formulations of genre, identity, geopolitics and history at work in contemporary travel writing are increasingly at odds with a cosmopolitan and multicultural world in which 'everybody travels'. Despite the forces of globalization, common stereotypes about 'foreignness' continue to shape the experience of modern travel. The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing is concerned with the way contemporary travelogues engage with, and try to resolve, familiar struggles about global politics such as the protection of human rights, the promotion of democracy, the management of equality within multiculturalism and the reduction of inequality. This is a thoroughly interdisciplinary book that draws from international relations, literary theory, political theory, geography, anthropology and history.
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Book details

List price: $119.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 314
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Debbie Lisle is Lecturer in Politics and Director of Cultural and Media Studies in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at the Queens University of Belfast. She received the BISA Best Thesis Prize for her PhD in International Relations at Keele University.

List of illustrations
Preface
'Travelogue'
Introduction: the global imaginary of contemporary travel writing
Between fact and fiction: the generic boundaries of travel writing
The cosmopolitan gaze: rearticulations of modern subjectivity
Civilising territory: geographies of safety and danger
Looking back: utopia, nostalgia and the myth of historical progress
Engaging the political: contemporary travel writing and the ethics of difference
Bibliography
Index