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Crossing Boundaries
Postmodern Travel Literature
 
 
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13 Feb 2001
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Crossing Boundaries examines experimental novels about travel by William Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon as precursors of innovative contemporary travel narratives, represented by the work of authors such as Bruce Chatwin, William Least Heat-Moon, and William T. Vollmann, among others. While these texts may be read as cultural criticism-functioning as a collective portrait of the world at a time when global space seems exhausted, dominated by multinational corporations and threatened with ecological devastation-they also serve as new Waldens.


Description

Crossing Boundaries examines experimental novels about travel by William Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon as precursors of innovative contemporary travel narratives, represented by the work of authors such as Bruce Chatwin, William Least Heat-Moon, and William T. Vollmann, among others. While these texts may be read as cultural criticism-functioning as a collective portrait of the world at a time when global space seems exhausted, dominated by multinational corporations and threatened with ecological devastation-they also serve as new Waldens.


Reviews

"...these works demonstrate the relevance and range of the culture of travel." - American Literature


Contents

Surveying the Territory
Baedeker's Babel: William Gaddis's The Recognitions
Travels in Baedeker Land: Thomas Pynchon's V
The Nomadic Text: Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines
A Focused Wandering: Kenneth Lincoln and Al Logan Slagle's The Good Red Road
Deep Travel: William Least Hear-Moon's PrairyErth
A New Cartography: William T. Vollmann's The Atlas
Wither the Women?


Authors

ALISON RUSSELL is Assistant Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.