The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing

The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing - Cambridge Introductions to Literature

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780521697392
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 820.932
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 396g
Height: 219mm
Width: 145mm
Spine width: 14mm