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Travel Writing
Carl Thompson
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Travel Writing (New Critical Idiom)

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An increasingly popular genre addressing issues of empire, colonialism, post-colonialism, globalization, gender and politics travel writing offers the reader a movement between the familiar and the unknown.

In this volume, Carl Thompson:

introduces the genre, outlining competing definitions and key debates provides a broad historical survey from the medieval period to the pr
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Routledge (first published September 30th 2009)
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Alasdair Pettinger
The tone is genial and Carl Thompson balances opposing viewpoints judiciously. And, where appropriate, examples are provided through close readings of short extracts from a small group of diverse (if mostly Anglophone) authors: William Dampier, Walter Ralegh, Laurence Sterne, Maria Graham, John Ross, Henry Morton Stanley, Graham Greene, W G Sebald, Peter Biddlecombe, Bill Bryson, and others.

Thompson is especially good on what he calls (borrowing from Stephen Shapin) 'epistemological decorum': ho
Guy Choate
Jan 06, 2012 Guy Choate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Too academic for my tastes, but it does span a lot of travel writing history. While at parts it made my brain hurt, it also made me want to look up a lot of the works Thompson mentions.
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