The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing

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    Abstract

    To what extent do bestselling travel books, such as those by Paul
    Theroux, Bill Bryson, Bruce Chatwin and Michael Palin, tell us as
    much about world politics as newspaper articles, policy documents and
    press releases? Debbie Lisle argues that the formulations of genre,
    identity, geopolitics and history at work in contemporary travel writing
    are increasingly at odds with a cosmopolitan and multicultural world in
    which ‘everybody travels’. Despite the forces of globalisation, common
    stereotypes about ‘foreignness’ continue to shape the experience of
    modern travel. The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing is
    concerned with the way contemporary travelogues engage with, and try
    to resolve, familiar struggles in global politics such as the protection of
    human rights, the promotion of democracy, the management of
    equality within multiculturalism and the reduction of inequality. This is
    a thoroughly interdisciplinary book that draws from international
    relations, literary theory, political theory, geography, anthropology and
    history.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages299
    ISBN (Print)9780521867801
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

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