Travel Writing and Empire: Postcolonial Theory in Transit

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Steven H. Clark
Zed Books, 1999 - Social Science - 264 pages
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Travel writing has become central to postcolonial studies; this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the genre. It combines detailed evaluations of major contemporary models of analysis--new historicism, travelling theory, and post-colonial studies--with a series of specific studies detailing the complicity of the genre with a history of violent incursion. These explore: "Othering" discourses--of cannibalism and infanticide; the production of colonial knowledge--geographic, medicinal, zoological; the role of sexual anxiety in the construction of the gendered travelling body; the interplay between imperial and domestic spheres; reappropriation of alien discourse by indigenous cultures. The book resists the temptation to think in terms of a simple monolithic Eurocentrism and offers a more complex reading of texts produced before, during and after periods of imperial ascendancy. In doing so, it provides a more nuanced account of the hegemonic functions of travel-writing.

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Interesting chapter on two books on Turkey by Lady Mary Wortley Montague (1860s) and Lady Curzon (1880s) - the first sympathetic & understanding, the second condemning lazy and uncivilized Turks. The ... Read full review

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Clark is Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

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