Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times

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“ . . . travel as an exploration of ‘the other’ which becomes an exploration of the self . . . a confirmation of identity.”—from the Introduction, by Frank Trommler

In an age when travel was more difficult but leisure was more available, those who journeyed across the Atlantic from the Old World to America or back created a wonderful literature about the divergent cultures and the fertile interactions among them. In travel diaries, journals, novels, journalistic reports, and guide books, nineteenth- and early ...

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Overview

“ . . . travel as an exploration of ‘the other’ which becomes an exploration of the self . . . a confirmation of identity.”—from the Introduction, by Frank Trommler

In an age when travel was more difficult but leisure was more available, those who journeyed across the Atlantic from the Old World to America or back created a wonderful literature about the divergent cultures and the fertile interactions among them. In travel diaries, journals, novels, journalistic reports, and guide books, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century writers recorded impressions and ruminations that not only offer opportunities for comparison and contrast but also shed light on the processes of modernization and the future that would emerge on both sides of the Atlantic.

This latest offering from the important Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures series explores themes like urbanization, modernization, education, gender, Jewish identity, nationalism and internationalism, political and cultural values, and the experience of travel itself. Volume editors Thomas Adam and Nils Roemer have assembled a collection of varied studies that permit enlightened reflection on the ways in which travelers from the New and Old Worlds have observed, documented, understood, and negotiated their similarities and differences.

The freshness and variety of the previously little-heard voices documented in Crossing the Atlantic will serve as an important reminder that an attentive interaction with “foreignness” has been and will continue to be one of the best paths to a more enlightened engagement with the familiar.

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THOMAS ADAM is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington. NILS H. ROEMER is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Table of Contents

Preface Vii

Introduction by Frank Trommler 1

Part 1 American Travelers in Europe

"That Humane and Advanced Civilization": Interpreting Americans' Values from Their Praise of Saxony, 1800-1850 Asbley Sides 11

Internationalism, Travel Writing, and Franco-American Educational Travel, 1895-1939 Wbitnery Walton 50

Part 2 German Travelers in the United States

Social Crossings: German Leftists View "Amerika" and Reflect Themselves, 1870-1914 Dieter K. Buse 81

Mapping Modernity: Jews and Other German Travelers Nils H. Roemer 131

Between Modernity and Antimodernity: From Enthusiasm to Hostility in German Perceptions of Big Cities in America, 18705-1930s Andrew Less 149

Part 3 Gender and Travel

Travel, Gender, and Identity: George and Anna Ticknor's Travel Journals from Their 1835-36 Journey to Dresden Thomas Adam 189

The Women of Palestine in American Women's Travel Writing James Ross-Nazzal 210

Contributors 249

Index 251

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