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Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures: The Persistence of Diversity (Hardback)
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Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures: The Persistence of Diversity (Hardback)

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Hardback 284 Pages / Published: 19/05/2005
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This book is one of the first studies of twentieth-century travel literature in French, tracking the form from the colonial past to the postcolonial present. Whereas most recent explorations of travel literature have addressed English-language material, Forsdick's study complements these by presenting a body of material that has previously attracted little attention, ranging from conventional travel writing to other cultural phenomena (such as the Colonial Exposition of 1931) in which changing attitudes to travel are apparent. Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures explores the evolution of attitudes to cultural diversity, explaining how each generation seems simultaneously to foretell the collapse and reinvention of 'elsewhere'. It also follows the progressive renegotiation of understandings of travel (and travel literature) across the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the emergence of travel narratives from France's former colonies. The book suggests that an exclusive colonial understanding of travel as a practice defined along the lines of class, gender, and ethnicity has slowly been transformed so that travel has become an enabling figure - encapsulated in notions such as James Clifford's 'traveling cultures' - central to analyses of contemporary global culture. Engaging initially with Victor Segalen's early twentieth-century reflection on travel and exoticism and Albert Kahn's 'Archives de la Planete', Forsdick goes on to examine a series of interrelated texts and phenomena: early African travel narratives, inter-war ethnography, post-war accounts of Citroen 2CV journeys, the travel stories of immigrant workers, the work of Nicholas Bouvier and the Pour une litterature voyageuse movement, narratives of recent walking journeys, and contemporary Polynesian literature. In delineating a francophone space stretching far beyond metropolitan France itself, the book contributes to new understandings of French and Francophone Studies, and will also be of interest to those interested in issues of comparatism as well as colonial and postcolonial culture and identity.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199258291
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 21 mm


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rich detail, engaging analysis and clear prose...this confident, interdisciplinary effort is to be commended. * Aedin Ni Loingsigh, IJSF *
This ground-breaking volume is the first major English-language analysis of the relatively unexplored field of twentieth-century travel literatures and cultures in French. This volume is a major contribution to the fields of French-language travel and postcolonialism, and represents a considerable advancement in the terms of debate. * Kathryn Jones, Modern Language Review *
The depth of scholarly research is evident throughout, while the deliberately eclectic range of material convincingly exemplifies the way in which French identity has been influenced by cultural encounters in a francophone space far exceeding the bounds of the Hexagon. * Forum for Modern Language Studies, Volume 43, Number 4 *
Never claiming to offer an exhaustive survey, Forsdick provides an intrinsically more valuable, deeply engaging configuration of canonical and non-canonical sources and authors. * Studies in Travel Writing, Volume 10, Number 2 *
demonstrates how a cultural archive can be decolonized, thus opening up a refreshing engagement with new theoretical spaces * Patrick Corcoran, French Studies *

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