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The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing

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  • Date Published: May 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521697392

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  • Critics have long struggled to find a suitable category for travelogues. From its ancient origins to the present day, the travel narrative has borrowed elements from various genres – from epic poetry to literary reportage – in order to evoke distant cultures and exotic locales, and sometimes those closer to hand. Tim Youngs argues in this lucid and detailed Introduction that travel writing redefines the myriad genres it comprises and is best understood on its own terms. To this end, Youngs surveys some of the most celebrated travel literature from the medieval period until the present, exploring themes such as the quest motif, the traveler's inner journey, postcolonial travel, and issues of gender and sexuality. The text culminates in a chapter on twenty-first-century travel writing and offers predictions about future trends in the genre, making this Introduction an ideal guide for today's students, teachers, and travel writing enthusiasts.

    • Provides a comprehensive yet concise historical survey of travel writing
    • Offers a close focus on aspects and types of travel narratives, including the quest motif, the inner journey, postcolonial travel and gender/sexuality narratives
    • Considers what authors and critics of travel writing say about the genre
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Youngs considers the past, present and future of "this often exasperating, often exhilarating genre", points up current trends such as nature writing, and concludes that the future of travel writing is both certain and glorious. Hurrah!"
    Sunday Times

    'Intriguing for anyone interested in the mechanics, history and future of the genre.' Wanderlust Magazine

    ‘Magisterial …’ Conde Nast Traveller

    '… an informative, readable introduction to the massive body of travel writing … Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and general readers.' Choice

    'The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing impresses through its historical and thematic scope and the wide range of texts it covers as well as its discussion of the issues that preoccupy the field in the twenty-first century.' H-Net

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521697392
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: defining the terms
    Part I. Historical Overview:
    2. Medieval and early modern travel writing
    3. Travel writing in the long eighteenth century
    4. Travel writing in the long nineteenth century
    5. 1900 to the present
    Part II. Continuities and Departures:
    6. Quests
    7. Inner journeys
    8. Traveling b(l)ack
    9. Gender and sexuality
    Part III. Writing and Reading Travel:
    10. Writing travel
    11. Reading travel writing
    12. The way ahead: current travel writing

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Armchair Travel: from Baedekers to Blogs
  • Author

    Tim Youngs, Nottingham Trent University
    Tim Youngs is Professor of English and Travel Studies at Nottingham Trent University. His publications include the forthcoming Beastly Journeys: Travel and Transformation at the fin de siècle (2012) and, as co-editor, The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (2002). In 1997, he founded Studies in Travel Writing and continues to serve as the journal's editor.

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