Encountering Difference: New Perspectives on Genre, Travel and Gender

Encountering Difference: New Perspectives on Genre, Travel and Gender


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622739349
Publisher: Vernon Art and Science
Publication date: 10/16/2019
Series: Series in Literary Studies
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Dr. Gigi Adair (editor) is an assistant professor at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Bielefeld. She specialises in Postcolonial Studies and British Literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with her first monograph, Kinship Across the Black Atlantic: writing diasporic relations, due to be published by Liverpool University Press in 2019. Her work on Isabella Bird has been published in Studies in Travel Writing, and a chapter on the nineteenth-century Indian traveller Bholanauth Chunder is forthcoming. Adair's current project concerns travelling masculinities in nineteenth-century British and Indian writing, including both fiction and travelogues.

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

Carl Thompson

University of Surrey, UK

Introduction: Gendered travel and the genre of travel writing

Gigi Adair

University of Bielefeld, Germany

Lenka Filipova

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

1. Do Genre and Gender Condition Each Other in Travel Writing?

Barbara Schaff

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

2. Foreign Country: Lone Enraptured Males, Healing Females and the Othering of Rural Britain in the 'New Nature Writing'

Tim Hannigan

University of Leicester, UK

3. Code Breaking, Queer Effect and “Category Crisis” in Christopher Isherwood’s South American Travel Diary

Aude Haffen

University Paul Valéry – Montpellier III, France

4. Encountering Difference in the Australian Outback: Kim Mahood’s Landscape Memoirs

Martina Horáková

Masaryk University, Czech Republic

5. Castles in the Air: Gothic Fiction and Travel Writing

Tabitha Kenlon

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

Emily Teo

University of Erfurt, Germany


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