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The Cambridge history of travel writing

The Cambridge history of travel writing

Youngs, Tim, 1961- editor; Das, Nandini, 1974- editor

This volume traces the history of travel writing in several national and linguistic traditions from antiquity to the Internet age. Bringing together original contributions from scholars around the world, this volume traces the history of travel writing from antiquity to the Internet age. It examines travel texts of several national or linguistic traditions, introducing readers to the global contexts of the genre. From wilderness to the urban, from Nigeria to the polar regions, from mountains to rivers and the desert, this book explores some of the key places and physical features represented in travel writing. Chapters also consider the employment in travel writing of the diary, the letter, visual images, maps and poetry, as well as the relationship of travel writing to fiction, science, translation and tourism. Gender-based and ecocritical approaches are among those surveyed. Together, the thirty-seven chapters here underline the richness and complexity of this genre

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Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Nandini Das, Tim Youngs
ISBN: 1108671462, 9781108671460
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xviii, 639 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Literary studies: general; Literary theory; Literature.; Travel in literature.; Travel writing History.; Literary reference works; Travelers' writings History and criticism.; Literature: history & criticism; Voyages and travels Historiography.
Alternative Title: History of travel writing
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107148185


  1. Introduction Nandini Das and Tim Youngs
  2. Part I. Travel Writing by Period: 1. Travel writing and the ancient world Jonathan S. Burgess
  3. 2. Medieval travel writing (I): Peregrinato and religious travel writing Mary Baine Campbell
  4. 3. Medieval travel writing (II): beyond the Pilgrimage Sharon Kinoshita
  5. 4. Early modern travel writing (I): print and early modern European travel writing Gerald MacLean
  6. 5. Early modern travel writing (II): English travel writing Nandini Das
  7. 6. Eighteenth-century travel writing Nigel Leask
  8. 7. Nineteenth-century travel writing Carl Thompson
  9. 8. Travel writing after 1900 Tim Youngs
  10. Part II. Travel Writing in a Global Context: 9. Arabic travel writing Daniel Newman
  11. 10. Indian travel writing Supriya Chaudhuri
  12. 11. Chinese travel writing Xiaofei Tian
  13. 12. Travel writing from Eastern Europe Alex Drace-Francis
  14. 13. Italian travel writing Nathalie C. Hester
  15. 14. Hispanic travel writing Claire Lindsay
  16. 15. Travel writing in French Charles Forsdick
  17. 16. North American travel writing Wendy Martin
  18. 17. Australian travel writing Anna Johnston
  19. 18. African travel writing Rebecca Jones
  20. Part III. Perspectives on Travel Writing: Section 1. Place and Travel Writing: 19. Travel and the city Victoria E. Thompson
  21. 20. Travel and the desert Roslynn Haynes
  22. 21. Travel writing and rivers Robert Burroughs
  23. 22. Travel and mountains Amrita Dhar
  24. 23. Polar travel Elizabeth Leane
  25. 24. Travelling in wilderness Debbie Lee
  26. Section 2. Forms: 25. Advice on the art of travel Daniel Carey
  27. 26. Travelogues, diaries, letters Zoë Kinsley
  28. 27. Travel writing and cartography Jordana Dym
  29. 28. Travel and poetry Christopher M. Keirstead
  30. 29. Visual images in travel writing Stephanie Leitch
  31. 30. Travel and fiction Janicke Stensvaag Kaasa
  32. 31. Scientific travel Michael F. Robinson
  33. 32. Travel in the digital age Paul Longley Arthur and Tom van Nuenen
  34. Section 3. Approaching Travel Writing: 33. Gender and travel writing Robert Aldrich
  35. 34. Ecocriticism and travel Kylie Crane
  36. 35. Translation and travel writing Susan Bassnett
  37. 36. Travel writing and tourism Agnieszka Sobocinska and Richard White.