Traveling South: Travel Narratives and the Construction of American Identity (Hardback)John D. Cox (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
Cox's critical approach reflects an unusual and interesting combination of interests in the cognate areas of travel writing, domestic narratives, and nationalist literature. I know of no other book quite like this one, and I consider it a fresh approach to an important and timely subject.--Michael P. Branch "editor of Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing before Walden "
Traveling South is a solid and well-conceptualized book with very smart and persuasive arguments and insights. Cox shows excellent command of the scholarship of travel, travel writing, and of the individual travelers he analyzes. Cox carves out a niche in the scholarship of the field as well as in the interpretation of texts of travel.--Mary S. Schriber "author of Writing Home: American Women Abroad "
Traveling South is a carefully argued book that provides many surprising insights into texts both familiar and forgotten. Cox deftly creates space for himself amid the established critical approaches to nationalism, slavery, domesticity, and travel writing; more importantly he is able to map out in a clear and straightforward manner the often subtle connections among these unwieldy issues.--Studies in American Culture
In addition to providing a new perspective from which to explore southern social and cultural history, Cox makes his most significant contributions in Traveling South to the study of travel and American literature by attempting to broaden the scope of the genre of travel literature. . . . Cox's use of a wide variety of scholarship facilitates his novel approach to the study of the antebellum South and American national identity. The arguments Cox makes in Traveling South are provocative and generally persuasive. The connection the author draws between American identity and that of the United States' 'internal other, ' the South, is most compelling and one that is too often overlooked by scholars.--Southern Historian