Other Routes: 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing
Signal, 2006 - Africans - 421 pages
The accounts in this anthology include narratives of shipwreck and capture, slavery and freedom, monsoon and deserts, (homo/heterosexual) love and enmity, meditation and confusion, visits to famous cities and treks across unknown mountains, crowds of people and attacks by lions. Arranged in sections with clearly written introductions that situate the writing and highlight some salient features, the extracts included in this anthology not only make for fascinating reading, at times of texts that have never previously appeared in English, they also complicate notions of travel and travel writing. In this sense, the anthology would be of interest not only to students of Asian, African and colonial history and scholars in the fields of Cultural Studies and Postcolonialim, but also to students of travel writing in general.The introductory essay by Tabish Khair not only sets these accounts in historical and discursive context, ...