Travel Writing, Form, and Empire
The Poetics and Politics of Mobility
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Travel Writing, Form, and Empire by Julia Kuehn
Book DescriptionThis collection of essays is an important contribution to travel writing studies -- looking beyond the explicitly political questions of postcolonial and gender discourses, it considers the form, poetics, institutions and reception of travel writing in the history of empire and its aftermath. Starting from the premise that travel writing studies has received much of its impetus and theoretical input from the sometimes overgeneralized precepts of postcolonial studies and gender studies, this collection aims to explore more widely and more locally the expression of imperialist discourse in travel writing, and also to locate within contemporary travel writing attempts to evade or re-engage with the power politics of such discourse. There is a double focus then to explore further postcolonial theory in European travel writing (Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanic), and to trace the emergence of postcolonial forms of travel writing. The thread that draws the two halves of the collection together is an interest in form and relations between form and travel.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415962940
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Julia Kuehn
New Directions in Travel Writing Studies, Hardback (July 2015)
This collection focuses attention on theoretical approaches to travel writing, with the aim to advance the discourse. Internationally renowned, as well as emerging, scholars establish a critical milieu for travel writing studies, as well as offer a set of exemplars in the application of theory to travel writing.
China Abroad, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by Julia Kuehn
Brings together texts and cross-cultural experiences of modern Chinese travelers, migrants, and diasporic Chinese in a number of global locations. This book illustrates how movements across cultures have shaped the ways in which twentieth-century China and Chineseness have been imagined and represented.
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Author Biography - Julia Kuehn
Julia Kuehn teaches English literature at the University of Hong Kong. Her publications include Glorious Vulgarity: Marie Corelli's Feminine Sublime in a Popular Context (2004), A Century of Travels in China: Travel Writing from the 1840s to the 1940s (ed., 2007), and China Abroad: Travels, Subjects, Spaces (ed., forthcoming 2009). Paul Smethurst is Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong. His publications include The Postmodern Chronotope (2000) and The Reinvention of Nature: Scientific, Picturesque and Romantic Travel Writing (forthcoming). He is co-editor with Steve Clark of Asian Crossings: Travel Writing on China, Japan and South East Asia (2008).
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