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The Cambridge companion to travel writing
Hulme, Peter.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
x, 343 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Stirrings and searchings (1500-1700) / William H. Sherman -- The grand tour and after (1660-1840) / James Buzard -- Exploration and travel outside Europe (1720-1914) / Roy Bridges -- Modernism and travel (1880-1940) / Helen Carr -- Traveling to write (1940-2000) / Peter Hulme -- The Middle East. Arabia: 'the cradle of Islam' / Billie Melman -- South America. Amazonia: the forest of marvels / Neil L. Whitehead -- The Pacific. Tahiti: queen of the South Sea isles / Rod Edmond -- Africa. The Congo: the politics of darkness / Tim Youngs -- The isles. Ireland: the wilder shore / Glenn Hooper -- India. Calcutta: city of palaces and dreadful night / Kate Teltscher -- The west. California: site of the future / Bruce Greenfield -- Travel writing and gender / Susan Bassnett -- Travel writing and ethnography / Joan Pau Rubiés -- Travel writing and its theory / Mary Baine Campbell.

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PR756.T72 C36 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

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Choice Review

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." Divided into three sections, the essays survey the historical range of travel writing in English from 1500 to the turn of the millennium; look at seven major destinations (the Middle East, South America, the Pacific, Africa, the British Isles, India, and the American West); and highlight gender, ethnography, and theory. All this--combined with an extensive chronology, bibliography, index, and actually useful chapter notes--would seem to leave little for the reviewer to carp at, but carp he will: Greece, subject of more than 3,000 travel books, gets scant notice; the Grand Tour, so vital to the transmission of classical and Renaissance culture from south to north, deserves more than 16 pages; and what about Bill Barich on California, Rory Nugent on the Congo, Laurie Lee on Spain, and William Dalrymple, the finest current practitioner of the genre, on India and the Levant? These shortcomings aside, this is all in all a splendid and readable work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Accessible to lower-division undergraduates and general readers yet useful to scholars. R. Eisner San Diego State University

Table of Contents

Peter Hulme and Tim YoungsWilliam H. ShermanJames BuzardRoy BridgesHelen CarrPeter HulmeBillie MelmanNeil L. WhiteheadRod EdmondTim YoungsGlenn HooperKate TeltscherBruce GreenfieldSusan BassnettJoan Pau RubiesMary Baine Campbell
List of illustrationsp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Part I Surveys
1 Stirrings and searchings (1500-1720)p. 17
2 The Grand Tour and after (1660-1840)p. 37
3 Exploration and travel outside Europe (1720-1914)p. 53
4 Modernism and travel (1880-1940)p. 70
5 Travelling to write (1940-2000)p. 87
Part II Sites
6 The Middle East / Arabia: 'The cradle of Islam'p. 105
7 South America / Amazonia: the forest of marvelsp. 122
8 The Pacific / Tahiti: queen of the South Sea islesp. 139
9 Africa / The Congo: the politics of darknessp. 156
10 The Isles / Ireland: the wilder shorep. 174
11 India / Calcutta: city of palaces and dreadful nightp. 191
12 The West / California: site of the futurep. 207
Part III Topics
13 Travel writing and genderp. 225
14 Travel writing and ethnographyp. 242
15 Travel writing and its theoryp. 261
Chronologyp. 279
Further readingp. 306
Indexp. 319