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.
Clear, interesting, provocative and well-argued ...I believe this is – surprisingly – the first book-length study of experimental travel writing. It deserves to be considered in the company of the most important critical works on contemporary travel writing.
This study successfully counters the claim that travel writing is ‘doomed to repeat politically problematic images of colonization, racism and exoticism’ (p. 198). By the practice of ideological and textual decentring, Edwards and Graulund compellingly argue, innovative travel writing has the potential to expose new forms of Empire that are pervasive in contemporary globalization movements.
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