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The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing

The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing


Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

Peter Hulme, Tim Youngs, William H. Sherman, James Buzard, Roy Bridges, Helen Carr, Billie Melman, Neil L. Whitehead, Rod Edmond, Glenn Hooper, Kate Teltscher, Bruce Greenfield, Susan Bassnett, Joan Pau Rubiés, Mary Baine Campbell
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  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521786522

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing brings together specialists from anthropology, history, literary and cultural studies to offer a broad and vibrant introduction to travel writing in English between 1500 and the present. This comprehensive introduction to the subject features specially commissioned contributions, including six essays surveying the period's travel writing; a further six focusing on geographical areas of particular interest - Arabia, the Amazon, Tahiti, Ireland, Calcutta, the Congo and California; and three final chapters analysing some of the theoretical and cultural dimensions to this enigmatic and influential genre of writing. Several invaluable tools are also provided, including an extensive list of further reading, and a detailed five-hundred year chronology listing important events and publications. This volume will be of interest to teachers and students alike.

    • Companions do very well
    • First book of its kind, likely to generate wide review coverage, perhaps beyond academic journals and appeal to nonacademic audience
    • Comprehensive, broad coverage, long historical span, plus focus on theoretical issues
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ' … this Companion shows how far we have come in understanding the literature of knowledge, and in defining its relation to one kind of power.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'This Companion not only covers the ground expertly, it also provides a critical apparatus for looking at the genre afresh and coherently. One of the most innovative additions to the series, a mine of key source materials for any information specialists.' Reference Reviews

    'It is entirely to the credit of editors Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs, as well as the other contributors to the Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing, that they have produced such a confident, mature, and usable volume … the Companion is a great success and maintains a consistently high standard throughout.' Studies in Travel Writing

    '… an important contribution …'. Journeys

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521786522
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs
    1. Stirrings and searchings (1500–1720) William H. Sherman
    2. The Grand Tour and after James Buzard
    3. Exploration and travel outside Europe (1720–1914) Roy Bridges
    4. Modernism and travel (1880–1940) Helen Carr
    5. Travelling to write (1940–2000) Peter Hulme
    6. The Middle East/Arabia: 'the cradle of Islam' Billie Melman
    7. South America/Amazonia: the forest of marvels Neil L. Whitehead
    8. The Pacific/Tahiti: Queen of the south sea isles Rod Edmond
    9. Africa/the Congo: the politics of darkness Tim Youngs
    10. The Isles/Ireland: the wilder shore Glenn Hooper
    11. India/Calcutta: city of palaces and dreadful night Kate Teltscher
    12. The west/California: sites of the future Bruce Greenfield
    13. Travel writing and gender Susan Bassnett
    14. Travel writing and ethnography Joan Pau Rubiés
    15. Travel writing and its theory Mary Baine Campbell
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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Great Works of Literature I
    • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature: Women and Travel
    • Literary Narrative
    • Place, Location, and Identity
    • Studies in Nonfiction
    • Travel Writing
    • Travel and Testimony
    • Travel, Climate, and Race in the Colonial Americas
    • Travelers' Tales: Journeys and Encounters with the Other
    • World Literature: Travel Writing
  • Editors

    Peter Hulme, University of Essex
    Peter Hulme is Professor in Literature, University of Essex. He is the author of Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492–1797 (1986) and Remnants of Conquests: The Island Caribs and their Visitors, 1877–1998 (2000).

    Tim Youngs, Nottingham Trent University
    Tim Youngs is Reader in English and American Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of Travelers in Africa: British Travelogues 1850–1900 (1994), and the editor of Writing and Race (1997).


    Peter Hulme, Tim Youngs, William H. Sherman, James Buzard, Roy Bridges, Helen Carr, Billie Melman, Neil L. Whitehead, Rod Edmond, Glenn Hooper, Kate Teltscher, Bruce Greenfield, Susan Bassnett, Joan Pau Rubiés, Mary Baine Campbell

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