Discusses the traditions of travel in the Western world, including heroic journeys, pilgrimages, and scientific expeditions, the influence of travel on identity, travelling peoples, and the effect of travel and travellers on society
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Mourning the demise of "real" travel that is no longer "heroic or individualizing," Leed ( No Man's Land , LJ 5/15/79) is saddened at the ease with which modern travelers move around the globe, taking no risks and facing no unknowns. His study centers around the premise that prior to the breakdown of global barriers, travel was not only movement from place to place but a transforming event filled with historical and psychological significance. He supports his ideas with examples from epic literature (Gilgamesh and Odysseus), medieval tales of wandering knights, and travel journals of explorers and adventurers. These travel experiences are examined from a theoretical psychological perspective which analyzes the stages of a journey and the relationship between travel and identity. This is a demanding, scholarly work which presumes a knowledge of literature, history, and psychology. Recommended only for graduate school collections.
- Marlene M. Kuhl, Baltimore Cty. P.L.
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Book Description Basic Books, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110465046215
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