Voyages and Visions: Towards a Cultural History of Travel - Critical Views (Paperback)
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This title is presented with essays by Kasia Boddy, Michael Bravo, Peter Burke, Melissa Calaresu, Jesus Maria Carillo Castillo, Peter Hansen, Edward James, Nigel Leask, Joan-Pau Rubies and Wes Williams. A much-needed contribution to the expanding interest in the history of travel and travel writing, "Voyages and Visions" is the first attempt to sketch a cultural history of travel from the sixteenth century to the present day. The essays address the theme of travel as a historical, literary and imaginative process, focusing on significant episodes and encounters in world history. The contributors to this collection include historians of art and of science, anthropologists, literary critics and mainstream cultural historians. Their essays encompass a challenging range of subjects, including the explorations of South America, India and Mexico; mountaineering in the Himalayas; space travel; science fiction; and, American post-war travel fiction. "Voyages and Visions" is truly interdisciplinary, and essential reading for anyone interested in travel writing.
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'Voyages and Visions is a useful and welcome addition to the literature of travel, particularly helpful to the historically challenged who might wish to gain a broader comparative insight into changing discourses of travel over time. -Times Higher Education
UK Kirkus review
A series of essays on how travel writing has evolved from pilgrimage, securely founded in the epic tradition of Homer's Odyssey, and the Christian emphasis on travel to a holy place and chivalric quests. The book provides insight into why history's travellers have responded in such different ways to new people and cultures. (Kirkus UK)
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