Mobility at Large

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Mobility at Large

Globalization, Textuality and Innovative Travel Writing

2012

March 2nd, 2012

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Mobility at Large explores a unique trajectory of travel writing. Instead of focussing on best-selling travel texts by Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, Alain de Botton and others, this book examines a strand of innovative contemporary travel writing wherein the authors experiment with form, content and the politics of representation. In this, innovative travel texts by a range of writers – from Michael Ondaatje and Caryl Phillips to Daphne Marlatt and Sam Miller – transform the genre by inscribing travel, migration, mobility and displacement within a variety of experimental textual strategies to work through questions of movement and the politics of personal identity in relation to the complex interlocutions of space, place and subjectivity. As a result, Mobility at Large challenges those critics who dismiss the genre as inherently conservative and inextricably bound up in a colonial, Eurocentric tradition. The book also documents a long and rich tradition of travel writing that existed well beyond the influence of Europe.

The first book-length study of experimental travel writing. Challenges those critics who dismiss the genre as inherently conservative, colonial and Eurocentric. Documents a long and rich tradition of travel writing that existed well beyond the influence of Europe. Explores texts by a range of writers – from Michael Ondaatje and Caryl Phillips to Daphne Marlatt and Sam Miller.

About The Author

Justin D. Edwards is Research Professor in English at the University of Surrey and the author of Postcolonial Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Exotic Journeys: Exploring the Erotics of U.S. Travel Literature, 1840-1930 (University of New Hampshire, 2001). Rune Graulund is Lecturer in English at the University of Strathclyde and co-editor (with Justin D. Edwards) of Postcolonial Travel Writing: Critical Explorations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half-title2
Title page4
Copyright page5
Contents6
Acknowledgements7
Introduction: Travel Revisited8
Chapter 128
Chapter 256
Chapter 384
Chapter 4129
Chapter 5172
Postscript: Still Mobile205
Bibliography210
Index220