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Postcolonial Travel Writing
Critical Explorations
 
 
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10 Nov 2010
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Postcolonial Travel Writing challenges prevailing notions of travel writing as intrinsically colonial and Eurocentric, exploring the works of writers including Jamaica Kincaid, Caryl Phillips, V. S. Naipaul, Pico Iyer and Jan Morris as rich and fascinating examples of the genre. Featuring original interviews with William Dalrymple and Pankaj Mishra, this exciting collection by internationally recognized scholars in the field offers a comprehensive study of postcolonial travel writing, from literature and memoir to essays and travel histories. The volume stands as an innovative benchmark study of future inquiries into the field, and will spark a much-needed rethinking of this vibrant and volatile genre.


Description

Postcolonial Travel Writing challenges prevailing notions of travel writing as intrinsically colonial and Eurocentric, exploring the works of writers including Jamaica Kincaid, Caryl Phillips, V. S. Naipaul, Pico Iyer and Jan Morris as rich and fascinating examples of the genre. Featuring original interviews with William Dalrymple and Pankaj Mishra, this exciting collection by internationally recognized scholars in the field offers a comprehensive study of postcolonial travel writing, from literature and memoir to essays and travel histories. The volume stands as an innovative benchmark study of future inquiries into the field, and will spark a much-needed rethinking of this vibrant and volatile genre.


Reviews


'Postcolonial Travel Writing: Critical Explorations is an important study of central contemporary writers and their postcolonial travel text. With an impressive line-up of experts in the field, including scholars and travel writers, the collection embarks on the very timely project not only to offer close, theory-informed readings of significant travelogues, but also to revisit the use and usefulness of paradigms like 'the postcolonial', 'globalization', 'transculturation', or 'the contact zone', with which these travel texts are usually greeted and treated.'
- Julia Kuehn, Assistant Professor of English, University of Hong Kong
 
'Postcolonial Travel Writing is a wonderful new addition to travel writing studies...The attention to questions of form in almost all essays while not always conclusive – and one need not be, of course – is very welcome, and we get 'travel history', 'travel writing', 'travel memoir' and 'travelogue' jostling for nomenclatural space...The volume is likely to be essential reading for scholars and students of this notoriously Protean genre.' - Pramod K. Nayar, The University of Hyderabad, India, Studies in Travel Writing


Contents


Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Reading Postcolonial Travel Writing; J.D.Edwards & R.Graulund
Beyond Imperial Eyes; C.Lindsay
Disturbing Naipaul's 'Universal Civilization': Islam, Travel Narratives and the Limits of Westernization; B.Roy
Traveling Home: Global Travel and the Postcolonial in the Travel Writing of Pico Iyer; R.Graulund
Travel Writing and Postcoloniality: Caryl Phillips's The Atlantic Sound; M.L.L.Ropero
Decolonizing Travel: James/Jan Morris's Geographies; R.Phillips
'Between somewhere and elsewhere': Sugar, Slate and Postcolonial Travel Writing; J.D.Edwards
Where the Other Half Lives: Touring the Sites of Caribbean Spirit Possession in Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place; A.Schroder
Flora Diaspora in Jamaica Kincaid's Travel Writing; Z.Pećić
Post-Orientalism and the Past-Colonial in William Dalrymple's Travel Histories; P.Smethurst
An Interview with William Dalrymple and Pankaj Mishra; T.Khair
Index


Authors

JUSTIN D. EDWARDS is Professor of English at Bangor University, UK. He is the author of several books, including Postcolonial Literature, Understanding Jamaica Kincaid, Gothic Passages: Racial Ambiguity and the American Gothic, Gothic Canada: Reading the Spectre of a National Literature, Exotic Journeys: Exploring the Erotics of U.S. Travel Literature. He is also the co-editor of Other Routes: 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing.

RUNE GRAULUND is a Carlsberg Postdoctoral Fellow and teaches at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and the Department of English, Germanic and Romance studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has formerly published on travel writing, postcolonial theory and contemporary American fiction and is currently preparing his first monograph, Drifting Horizons - Travel Writing, Nature Writing and the Idea of the Desert for publication.