ABSTRACT

This collection of essays is an important contribution to travel writing studies -- looking beyond the explicitly political questions of postcolonial and gender discourses, it considers the form, poetics, institutions and reception of travel writing in the history of empire and its aftermath.

Starting from the premise that travel writing studies has received much of its impetus and theoretical input from the sometimes overgeneralized precepts of postcolonial studies and gender studies, this collection aims to explore more widely and more locally the expression of imperialist discourse in travel writing, and also to locate within contemporary travel writing attempts to evade or re-engage with the power politics of such discourse. There is a double focus then to explore further postcolonial theory in European travel writing (Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanic), and to trace the emergence of postcolonial forms of travel writing. The thread that draws the two halves of the collection together is an interest in form and relations between form and travel.

chapter |18 pages

Introduction

ByPAUL SMETHURST

part |2 pages

Part One: The Discursive Terrains of Empire

chapter 1|17 pages

Asia, Africa, Abyssinia: Writing the Land of Prester John

ByMARY BAINE CAMPBELL

chapter 2|15 pages

Richard Hakluyt’s Foreign Relations

ByMARY FULLER

chapter 3|11 pages

Imperial Design and Travel Writing: New France 1603–1636

ByJACK WARWICK

chapter 6|13 pages

Relocating Domesticity: Letters from India by Lady Hariot Dufferin

ByÉADAOIN AGNEW

chapter 7|13 pages

Translating Culture: Harriet Martineau’s Eastern Travels

ByLESA SCHOLL

part |2 pages

Part Two: Unravelling Forms of Travel

chapter 8|9 pages

Signs in the Jungle: Michaux in Ecuador

ByDAVID SCOTT

chapter 9|16 pages

Deep maps: Travelling on the Spot

ByPETER HULME

chapter 10|19 pages

Making It Move: The Aboriginal in the Whitefella’s Artifact

ByTIM YOUNGS

chapter 12|19 pages

To Witness and Remember: Mapping Reconciliation Travel

ByPETER BISHOP

chapter 14|16 pages

Road to Nowhere? Los autonautas de la cosmopista

Byby Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlop CLAIRE LINDSAY