Taking the form of fact-filled travelogues, stunt-writing spectaculars, or genre-blurring imaginative works, travel writing has never been more popular than it is today. But beyond the self-conscious.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 336 pages. 0.723. Bookseller Inventory #
Taking the form of fact-filled travelogues, stunt-writing spectaculars, or genre-blurring imaginative works, travel writing has never been more popular than it is today. But beyond the self-conscious literary artistry of today’s narratives lies a rich and well-documented history of travel writing, stretching back over several thousand years and incorporating the work of mariners and missionaries, diplomats and dilettantes alike.From the ancient world to the present, Peter Whitfield offers the first broad survey to range over the whole history of travel writing, highlighting more than one hundred texts, including works by Marco Polo, T. E. Lawrence, Christopher Columbus, Daniel Defoe, Joseph Conrad, and Captain Cook. Whether their travels were merely for pleasure or the result of exploration, military occupation, or trade, the writers discussed here all sought to reimagine their surroundings and, through their writings, reinterpret them for the reader. Because of that personal, interpretive approach, Whitfield shows, their work inhabits a strange borderland between fact and fiction. Over time, as our travel objectives have changed, so too has the tone of travel writing, eschewing the traditional stance of cultural superiority in favor of a deeper sensitivity to other peoples and places. The book is rounded out by numerous illustrations from manuscripts and books of travel in the collection of the Bodleian Library. A world-class examination of a little-explored genre, Travel: A Literary History offers an accessible look at the history of travel writing that will make a great addition to any carry-on.
About the Author:
Peter Whitfield is the author of numerous books of history, poetry, and literary criticism, including Travel: A Literary History and Mapping Shakespeare’s World, both also published by the Bodleian Library.
Title: Travel: A Literary History
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Book Description Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2866858569
Book Description Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2870562265
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Book Description Bodleian Library, 2011. Condition: New. Covering the history of travel literature from its ¿prehistory¿ in ancient Greece and Rome to the work of modern travellers such as Thesinger, Thubron, Fermor and Chatwin, Peter Whitfield identifies successive paradigms of travel, including exploration, pilgrimage, science and romanticism. After surveying - and quoting from - the great travellers of the past, he considers the challenges of our world of airports and theme parks, concluding that today¿s travel writer must ¿keep alive the idea of the inner journey, the transforming experience¿. Seller Inventory # 502823
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Book Description Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2011., 2011. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hard cover book in very good condition with dust jacket also in very good condition. Minor shelfwear to edges of jacket. 8vo. 303pp. Seller Inventory # 21293