Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing

The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing

£75.99

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867801

£ 75.99
Hardback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook


Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • To what extent do best-selling travel books, such as those by Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Bruce Chatwin and Michael Palin, tell us as much about world politics as newspaper articles, policy documents and press releases? Debbie Lisle argues that the formulations of genre, identity, geopolitics and history at work in contemporary travel writing are increasingly at odds with a cosmopolitan and multicultural world in which 'everybody travels'. Despite the forces of globalization, common stereotypes about 'foreignness' continue to shape the experience of modern travel. The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing is concerned with the way contemporary travelogues engage with, and try to resolve, familiar struggles about global politics such as the protection of human rights, the promotion of democracy, the management of equality within multiculturalism and the reduction of inequality. This is a thoroughly interdisciplinary book that draws from international relations, literary theory, political theory, geography, anthropology and history.

    • Written in an accessible style that maintains a balance between theoretical exposition, narrative analysis and explanation
    • Develops an interdisciplinary framework that draws from international relations, literary theory, political theory, geography, anthropology and historiography
    • Broadens the intellectual remit of international relations and global politics to include the realm of popular culture
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing is an important extension of critical international relations via an encounter with cultural studies. Its rigorous demonstration of the way popular culture makes international power possible, through an incisive analysis of how contemporary travel writing reproduces colonial relations, is an intellectual journey with the possibility of new political visions at the end of the line.' David Campbell, Professor of Cultural and Political Geography, Durham University

    'A wonderful interdisciplinary investigation that lets us understand the place and significance of some of the most popular 'Western' travel writers at the same time that it lets us see our unequal world in a new way.' Craig N. Murphy, M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College

    'An invitation to re-imagine the relationship between global politics, travel, and travel writing. The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing is a journey well worth taking for scholars and students of International Relations, as well as for travel and travel writing aficionatos.' Professor Cynthia Weber, Department of Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University

    'At a time when it is so difficult yet so important to engage very carefully with the uneasy relation between cosmopolitan aspirations and hegemonies and colonialisms of various kinds, Debbie Lisle offers an engaging, provocative and often very acute account of how travel writings engage in border-crossings that are so much more than international.' R. B. J. Walker, Keele University, UK and University of Victoria, Canada

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867801
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the global imaginary of contemporary travel writing
    2. Between fact and fiction: the generic limits of travel writing
    3. The cosmopolitan gaze: re-articulations of modern subjectivity
    4. Civilizing territory: geographies of safety and danger
    5. Looking back: utopia, nostalgia and the myth of historical progress
    6. Conclusion: engaging the political: contemporary travel writing and the ethics of difference.

  • Author

    Debbie Lisle, Queen's University Belfast

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×