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With essays by Gloria Anzaldúa, Jean Baudrillard, William Bevis, Homi Bhabha, Michel Butor, Hélène Cixous, Erik Cohen, Michel de Certeau, Wayne Franklin, Paul Fussell, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Caren Kaplan, Eric Leed, Dean MacCannell, Doreen Massey, Carl Pedersen, Gustavo Pérez-Firmat, Mary Louise Pratt, R. Radhakrishnan, Edward W. Said, and Thayer Scudder
Travel, movement, mobility—these are some of the essential activities in human life. Whether we travel to foreign lands or just across the city, we all journey, and from our journeying we shape ourselves, our history, and the stories we tell.
In essays written by some of the most respected contemporary scholars, this anthology brings together some of the best informed convictions about travel. Travel, so essential to human life, is a complex matter that encompasses a variety of travel experiences—family vacation, political exile, exploration of distant lands, immigration, mundane shopping trips. Likewise, as the essays in the collection demonstrate, discussion of travel crosses a range of personal and theoretical perspectives—from the postmodern sensibility of Jean Baudrillard to R. Radhakrishnan's explanation to his son of what it means for Indians to live in the United States. As the field of travel itself "travels" across academic and theoretical boundaries, it brings together sociology, anthropology, geography, history, psychology, and literary criticism.
Recognizing that multidimensional quality of travel, this book gathers essays that represent various travel experiences and approaches to discussing them. Mapping out definitions of travel, the collection includes essays on tourism and travel writing, on modern globalization and the diaspora, on immigration, migration, and forced relocation. Defining Travel also highlights American experiences of mobility by including essays on Native Americans and early contact with the New World, as well as the massive migration of African Americans to northern cities.
Running throughout the essays are sometimes conflicting discussions about what constitutes travel and the homesite, the role of travel, knowledge, and power, especially when travel is accompanied by imperialistic motives.
Here readers truly will discover that the essence of human life is wayfaring.
|Defining Travel: An Introduction|
|Travel and Tourism||1|
|The Ancients and the Moderns: From Suffering to Freedom||5|
|Sightseeing and Social Structure||13|
|Phenomenology of Tourist Experiences||29|
|Reading and Writing Travel||61|
|The School of Dreams Is Located Under the Bed||67|
|Travel and Writing||69|
|Travel Books as Literary Phenomena||105|
|Language and Event in New World History||117|
|Scratches on the Face of the Country; or, What Mr. Barrow Saw in the Land of the Bushmen||132|
|The New Internationalism||153|
|Border Lives: The Art of the Present||157|
|A Global Sense of Place||167|
|Reflections on Exile||178|
|Deterritorializations: The Rewriting of Home and Exile in Western Feminist Discourse||190|
|Is the Ethnic "Authentic" in the Diaspora?||200|
|The Politics of Relocation||211|
|The Relocation of Low-Income Rural Communities with Strong Ties to the Land||217|
|The Desi Chain||222|
|The Homeland, Aztlan||232|
|Native American Novels: Homing In||244|
|Sea Change: The Middle Passage and The Transatlantic Imagination||258|
|Who Set You Flowin'?: The African American Migration Narrative||267|