chapter  5
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The travelers’ self-representation vis-à-vis the Oriental “Other” and the British “Self”

Travel writing gives an exceptional opportunity to study the process of creating self-identity in the context of confrontation with the “Other.” The Self is constructed as different from or even opposed to the foreign and strange Other. Travel can be viewed as “a trial of identity” and the travel book as an account of “the writer’s identity, that is, thrown into relief against the foreign landscape, or filtered through the foreign context.”1