Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century: Filling the Blank Spaces

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Tim Youngs
Anthem Press, 2006 - History - 250 pages
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Long popular with a general readership, travel writing has, in the past three decades or so, become firmly established as an object of serious and multi-disciplinary academic inquiry. Few of the scholarly and popular publications that have focused on the nineteenth century have regarded the century as a whole. This broad volume examines the cultural and social aspects of travel writing on Africa, Asia, America, the Balkans and Australasia. An additional key feature of the volume will be its inclusion of different types of traveller. Several types of travellers and travel texts are considered in the collection. The volume includes studies of explorers, missionaries, artists and writers, Romantics and socialists, colonialists and indigenes. It covers, therefore, a range of travels, travellers, and travellers' texts, and aims to establish some of the contexts in which travel took place. This volume is as much about departure points as it is about destinations, revealing the prejudices and precepts of the nineteenth-century traveller.

 

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Contents

THE BALKANS THE CONGO
12
The Balkans in NineteenthCentury British Travel
19
Travel and Adventure in the
37
Politics Aesthetics and Quest in British Travel Writing
55
INDIA
71
Early Indian Travel Guides to Britain
87
Nawab Sikandar Begams
107
AMERICA
129
George Lewis and the American Churches
145
Charles Dickens and William
163
AUSTRALASIA
179
Religious Travel Writing
201
A Young Writers Journey into the New Zealand
219
Further Reading
237
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Tim Youngs is Professor of English and Travel Studies at Nottingham Trent University, where he is Director of the Centre for Travel Writing Studies. He is the author of 'Travellers in Africa: British Travelogues 1850-1900' (Manchester University Press, 1994) and editor of 'Writing and Race' (Longman, 1997).

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