This edited collection poses crucial questions about the relationship between gender and genre in travel writing, asking how gender shapes formal and thematic approaches to the various generic forms employed to represent and recreate travel. While the question of the genre of travel writing has often been debated (is it a genre, a hybrid genre, a sub-genre of autobiography?), and recent years have been much attention to travel writing and gender, these have rarely been combined.
This book sheds light on how the gendered nature of writing and reading about travel affect the genre choices and strategies of writers, as well as the way in which travel writing is received. It reconsiders traditional and frequently studied forms of travel writing, both European and non-European. In addition, it pursues questions about the connections between travel writing and other genres, such as the novel and films, minor forms including journalism and blogging, and new sub-genres such as the ‘new nature writing’; focusing in particular on the political ramifications of genre in travel writing. The collection is international in focus with discussions of works by authors from Europe, Asia, Australia, and both North and South America; consequently, it will be of great interest to scholars and historians in those regions.
About the Author
Lenka Filipova (editor) completed her doctorate on Ecocriticism and the sense of place at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests lie in the Environmental Humanities; while her dissertation explored notions of emplacement in movement and primarily focused on contemporary writers, her postdoctoral project will interrogate issues concerning science, affect and the environment in both travel writing and fiction from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Filipova has published on contemporary environmental writing and is currently finalising a chapter on nature representation in eighteenth century travel writing.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Foreword: Encounters with Difference
University of Surrey, UK
Introduction: Gendered travel and the genre of travel writing
University of Bielefeld, Germany
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
1. Do Genre and Gender Condition Each Other in Travel Writing?
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
2. Foreign Country: Lone Enraptured Males, Healing Females and the Othering of Rural Britain in the 'New Nature Writing'
University of Leicester, UK
3. Code Breaking, Queer Effect and “Category Crisis” in Christopher Isherwood’s South American Travel Diary
University Paul Valéry – Montpellier III, France
4. Encountering Difference in the Australian Outback: Kim Mahood’s Landscape Memoirs
Masaryk University, Czech Republic
5. Castles in the Air: Gothic Fiction and Travel Writing
American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
6. Deep South: Sally Mann’s Southern Photographs as American Pilgrimage
Laura Elizabeth Shea
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
7. Reframing Difference in George Eliot’s Early Fraser’s Magazine Articles after Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Intersectionality
Cheri Larsen Hoeckley
Westmont College, USA
8. Travel Writing and Masculinity in Late-Ming China: Yuan Zhongdao’s Records of Travelling and Dwelling
University of Erfurt, Germany