Writing the Journey: Essays, Stories, and Poems on Travel

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Primarily non-fiction, with some fiction and poetry, Literature and Travel is a collection travel writing written by writers around the world.

This book relates travel to the process of education and suggests many ways to find meaning in the reading of travel literature and writing about experience as travel. The collection focuses on travel writing in a variety of ways: motive for travel, modes and places, social and moral issues in travel, ...

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Overview

Primarily non-fiction, with some fiction and poetry, Literature and Travel is a collection travel writing written by writers around the world.

This book relates travel to the process of education and suggests many ways to find meaning in the reading of travel literature and writing about experience as travel. The collection focuses on travel writing in a variety of ways: motive for travel, modes and places, social and moral issues in travel, race and gender, travel and personal growth, travel vs. home.

Anyone interested in reading literature centered around the theme of travel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321198167
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/12/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

*This tentative table of contents is for early review purposes; the final contents may not include all of the selections listed here.

Preface.

Introduction.

I. BEGINNINGS: MOTIVES AND EXPECTATIONS.

N. Scott Momaday, Prologue and Introduction from The Way to Rainy Mountain.

Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken,” "Away."

Eric Leed, “For a History of Travel” from The Mind of the Traveler.

Robert Louis Stevenson, “Travel, the Land of Storybooks.”

Salman Rushdie, “On Adventure” from Imaginary Homelands.

Paul Theroux, “Mapping the World” from Sunrise and Seamonsters.

Erika Warmbrunn, from Where the Pavement Ends.

Sara Wheeler, from Terra Incognita.

John Keats, “On First Looking into Chapman's Homer."

Jonathan Raban, “The River“ from Old Glory.

Susan Rich, “The Scent of Gasoline.”

Mary Morris, “Women and Journeys, Inner and Outer."

bell hooks, from “Representing Whiteness."

Richard Wright, from Black Boy.

Harry Dean, “I Go to Sea” from The Pedro Gorino.

John Masefield, “Sea Fever.”

Alain de Boton, from The Art of Travel.

Philip Larkin, “The Poetry of Departures.”

Francis Bacon, “Of Travel.”

Bruce Chatwin, from The Songlines.

Tony Wheeler, “The Aussie Way of Wanderlust.”

Elizabeth Bishop, “Questions of Travel.”

II. PASSAGES: DESTINATIONS AND ENCOUNTERS.

Introduction.

Henry David Thoreau, from “Walking.”

John Haines, “Moments and Journeys” from Living off the Country: Essays on Poetry and Place.

Fred Strebeigh, “The Wheels of Freedom: Bicycles in China.”

Jack Kerouac, excerpt from On the Road.

Ted Conover, from Rolling Nowhere.

William Least Heat-Moon, from Blue Highways.

Will Ferguson, from Hokkaido Highway Blues.

Peter Chilson, from Riding the Demon.

Truman Capote, “A Ride Through Spain” from The Dogs Bark; Public People, Private Places.

Beryl Markham, “Why Do We Fly?” from West with the Night.

D. H. Lawrence, “Market Day” from Mornings in Mexico.

Anita Desai, “The Sensation of Infinity.”

Jan Morris, “City of Yok” from Among the Cities.

Angela Carter, “The Kiss” from Black Venus.

Apsley Cherry-Garrard, from The Worst Journey in the World.

Tim Cahill, “Jungles of the Mind” from A Wolverine is Eating My Leg.

Colin Thubron, from In Siberia.

Mary Roach, “Monster in a Ryokan.

Todd McEwen, “They Tell Me You are Big.”

Amitav Ghosh, “The Imam and the Indian” from In An Antique Land.

Mike Tidwell, excerpt from The Ponds of Kalambayi.

Malcolm X and Alex Haley, “Mecca” from The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

III. ISSUES: TOURISM AND EXILE.

Introduction.

Paul Fussell, “From Exploration to Travel to Tourism” from Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars.

Mark Twain, “Return of the Holy Land Excursionists–the Story of the Cruise” from The Innocents Abroad.

P. J. O'Rourke, “The Innocents Abroad, Updated” from Holidays in Hell.

Robyn Davidson, “Ayer's Rock” from Traveling Light.

V. S. Naipaul, “Passenger: A Figure from the Thirties” from A Way in the World.

Jamaica Kincaid, “The Ugly Tourist” from A Small Place.

Rudolfo Anaya, “Why I Love Tourists: Confessions of a Dharma Bum.”

Edward Abbey, excerpt from Desert Solitaire.

James Baldwin, “Stranger in the Village” from Notes of a Native Son.

Caryl Philips, “In the Falling Snow” from The European Tribe.

Eva Hoffman, “The New Nomads.”

Jack London, “The Descent” from The People of the Abyss.

George Orwell, excerpt from Down and Out in Paris and London.

Jon Krakauer, “The Alaska Interior” from Into the Wild.

Rebecca Solnit, “Travellers” from A Book of Migrations: Some Passages in Ireland.

IV. HOME: MEMORY AND RETURN.

Margaret Atwood, “Approximate Homes.”

Lars Eighner, “In the Bamboo” from Travels with Lizbeth.

Vikram Seth, “Homeless.”

Scott Russell Saunders, excerpt from Staying Put: Making Home in a Restless World.

John Daniel, “A Word in Favor of Rootlessness.”

Chang Rae Lee, “Coming Home Again.”

Bill Bryson, excerpt from Fat Girls in Des Moines.

Maya Angelou, excerpt from All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes.

Andrew X. Pham, “Viet-kieu” from Catfish and Mandala.

Germaine Greer, “The Adopted Home is Never Home.”

Pico Iyer, “The Alien Home.”

Annie Dillard, “Sojourner.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses.”

Constantine Cafavy, “Ithaca.”

Appendix Travel and Film.

Credits.

Index.

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