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Title:
Exotic journeys : exploring the erotics of U.S. travel literature, 1840-1930
Author:
Edwards, Justin D., 1970-
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Publication Information:
Hanover, NH : University Press of New England [for] University of New Hampshire, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
ix, 201 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Melville's peep-show, or, Sexual and textual cruises in Typee -- Primitivism and homosexuality : the search for the "natural" in Charles Warren Stoddard's Travel sketches -- "Closer than blood-brothership" : male homosocial attachment in Jack London's Tales of the South Pacific -- Roman holiday : discourses of travel and eroticism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Marble faun -- Savage America, civilized England : counterdiscourses and fluid identities in William Wells Brown's Sketches of places and people abroad -- "Harems and ceremonies" : Edith Wharton In Morocco -- Why go abroad? : Djuna Barnes explores New York -- Carl Van Vechten's sexual tourism in Jazz Age Harlem -- Going home? : questions of belonging and sexualized space in Claude McKay's Home to Harlem.
ISBN:
9781584651154

9781584651161
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS366.T73 E39 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Recent scholarly works indicate a developing interest in travel writing and its place in the rhetoric of imperial expansion and colonial ideology. Exotic Journeys focuses specifically on representations as manifested in sexuality and eroticism in U.S. travel literature. Framing his literary analysis within 19th-century modernist developments such as urbanization, nationalism, imperialism, and consumption, Justin D. Edwards examines U.S. travelers in the South Pacific (Melville, Charles Warren Stoddard, Jack London), the European Grand Tour (Hawthorne, William Wells Brown, Wharton), and in American urban settings like Greenwich Village and Harlem (Djuna Barnes, Carl Van Vechten, Claude McKay). He captures a crucial moment in the formation of an American identity in opposition to the eroticized "foreigners" of his travelers' imaginations.


Summary

Recent scholarly works indicate a developing interest in travel writing and its place in the rhetoric of imperial expansion and colonial ideology. Exotic Journeys focuses specifically on representations as manifested in sexuality and eroticism in U.S. travel literature. Framing his literary analysis within 19th-century modernist developments such as urbanization, nationalism, imperialism, and consumption, Justin D. Edwards examines U.S. travelers in the South Pacific (Melville, Charles Warren Stoddard, Jack London), the European Grand Tour (Hawthorne, William Wells Brown, Wharton), and in American urban settings like Greenwich Village and Harlem (Djuna Barnes, Carl Van Vechten, Claude McKay). He captures a crucial moment in the formation of an American identity in opposition to the eroticized "foreigners" of his travelers' imaginations.


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