Overview

In Travel Writing: The Self and the World, Casey Blanton surveys the genre's development from classical times to the present, with an emphasis on Anglo-American travel writing since the eighteenth century. Identifying significant theoretical and critical contributions to the field, Blanton presents an engaging historical overview of travel writing and provides close readings of exemplary texts by six major figures: James Boswell, Mary Kingsley, Graham Greene, Peter Matthiessen, V. S. Naipaul, and Bruce Chatwin. ...
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Travel Writing

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Overview

In Travel Writing: The Self and the World, Casey Blanton surveys the genre's development from classical times to the present, with an emphasis on Anglo-American travel writing since the eighteenth century. Identifying significant theoretical and critical contributions to the field, Blanton presents an engaging historical overview of travel writing and provides close readings of exemplary texts by six major figures: James Boswell, Mary Kingsley, Graham Greene, Peter Matthiessen, V. S. Naipaul, and Bruce Chatwin. The first study of the genre to combine synthesis and analysis at a level accessible to students, scholars, and general readers, Travel Writing: The Self and the World offers an inviting supplement for survey courses, comparative literature courses, and courses in twentieth-century Anglo-American writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136745645
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology
Ch. 1 Narrating Self and Other: A Historical Overview 1
Ch. 2 "Vain Travelers": James Boswell and the Grand Tour 30
Ch. 3 Victorian Women Travelers: May Kingsley 44
Ch. 4 The Modern Psychological Journey: Graham Greene 59
Ch. 5 Nature-Travel Writing: Peter Matthiessen 71
Ch. 6 "Splenetic Travelers": V. S. Naipaul 82
Ch. 7 "Lying Travelers": Bruce Chatwin 95
Ch. 8 Envoi: Writings of Place and the Poetics of Displacement in the Works of Paul Theroux and Roland Barthes 106
Notes and References 113
Bibliographic Essay 120
Recommended Titles 132
Index 143
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