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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578064113
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/14/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan L. Roberson, an assistant professor of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, is the editor of Women, America, and Movement: Narratives of Relocation and author of Emerson in His Sermons: A Man-Made Self.

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Table of Contents

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
America 56
Reading and Writing Travel 61
The School of Dreams Is Located Under the Bed 67
Travel and Writing 69
Spatial Stories 88
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
Essayists 281
Acknowledgments 287
Index 291
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