Following the genre's development from classical times to the present, this book shows how it has evolved and changed, yet is always centered on encounters between the self and the other and the mediation between the familiar and the foreign.
Blanton follows the development of travel writing from classical times to the present, focusing in particular on Anglo-American travel writing since the eighteenth century. He identifies significant theoretical and critical contributions to the field, and also examines key texts by James Boswell, Mary Kingsley, Graham Greene, Peter Mathiessen, V.S. Naipaul, and Bruce Chatwin.
Table of Contents
Narrating Self and Other: A Historical 1 (29)
``Vain Travelers'': James Boswell and the 30 (14)
Victorian Women Travelers: Mary Kingsley 44 (15)
The Modern Psychological Journey: Graham 59 (12)
Nature-Travel Writing: Peter Matthiessen 71 (11)
``Splenetic Travelers'': V. S. Naipaul 82 (13)
``Lying Travelers'': Bruce Chatwin 95 (11)
Envoi: Writings of Place and the Poetics of 106(7)
Displacement in the Works of Paul Theroux and
Notes and References 113(7)
Bibliographic Essay 120(12)
Recommended Titles 132(11)