Travel Writing Across the Disciplines: Theory and Pedagogy
General Editor, Kristi Siegel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, English Department and Language, Literature, and Communication Division
Mount Mary College
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|Call for Books
Call for single-authored book-length studies and multi-authored essay collections on the theory and/or pedagogy of travel writing:
|The recent critical attention devoted to travel literature enacts a logical transition from the ongoing focus on autobiography, subjectivity, and multiculturalism. Travel extends the inward direction of autobiography to consider the journey outward. It also intersects provocatively with studies of multiculturalism, gender, and subjectivity; for whatever the journey's motive--tourism, study, flight, emigration, or domination--journey changes both the country visited and the self that travels.
This series invites book-length manuscripts from various disciplines such as social history, cultural theory, multicultural studies, anthropology, sociology, religious studies, literary analysis, and feminist criticism. This series welcomes book-length studies as well as multi-authored essay collections from all periods of literature. These volumes explore journey literature from critical and/or pedagogical perspectives and focus on travel as metaphor and in cultural practice.
|Thirteen books accepted for publication as part of this series:
· Volume 1 - Medieval Travel: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 1096-1492. Edited Joan Curbet.
New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., forthcoming .
|· Volume 2 - Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, And Transportation Politics in Los Angeles.
Sikivu Hutchinson. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., January 2003.
|Using an analysis of the history of Los Angeles’s streetcar and highway systems, Sikivu Hutchinson argues that the cultural geography of transportation has had a compelling influence upon the construction of race, gender, and urban subjectivity in the postmodern city. She highlights the influence of American anti-urbanism upon visions of the city during the Great Migration and World War II eras. Proceeding from the premise that the creation of city spaces are informed by collective cultural memory, Hutchinson explores how the decline of public transportation and the rise of the automobile have shaped African American communities and cultures in Los Angeles.|
|Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles. ISBN: 0-8204-55865, Paperback, 240 pp.
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|· Volume 3 - Weary Sons Of Conrad: White Fiction Against the Grain of Africa's Dark Heart.
Brenda Cooper. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., December 2002.
|Weary Sons of Conrad poses the question, how is Africa represented in some late twentieth-century European and North American fiction written by white men? Its contribution is to unearth a rich treasure of such fiction that opposes imperialism and struggles with patriarchy and gender stereotypes. These writers go to battle against the stranglehold of myths about Africa, its lands, and its people, which are deeply embedded in the language itself. The writers struggle for new tongues and original ways of telling their stories but cannot be totally free of history, family, language, and tradition. Written in a lively, accessible style, this book is of great interest to a broad range of readers in the fields of postcolonial literary theory, gender, and cultural and African studies.|
|Weary Sons of Conrad: White Fiction Against the Grain of Africa's Dark Heart. ISBN: 0-8204-56829, Paperback, 360 pp.
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|· Volume 4 - In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire - previously registered as Travel, Text, Empire: Colonial
and Post Colonial Travel Modalities. Edited by Helen Gilbert and Anna Johnston. New York:
Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., April 2002.
|The essays gathered in In Transit focus on issues arising from the historical nexus between travel and imperialism. Contributors investigate the ways in which specific imperial projects were inextricably linked to developments in travel technologies and practices. At the same time, this collection reveals that imperial fantasies of exploration and conquest, whether actualized or not, irrevocably shaped the formulation of travel as a category of modern experience, as a rite/right of passage, and as a type of embodied knowledge. This dynamic, reciprocal relationship between imperialism and travel is examined in relation to written and pictorial documents produced at different historical moments and across a broad range of geographical locations, including India, Borneo, the Caribbean, South Africa, Australia, Britain, Polynesia, and Papua New Guinea.|
|In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire. ISBN: 0-8204-5699-3, Paperback. 296 pp.
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|· Volume 5 -Perceptions of Race and Nation in English and American Travel Writers, 1833–1914. Erik S. Schmeller. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., forthcoming 2003.|
|This book focuses on how nineteenth-century English and American travelers discussed issues of race in relation to both their home country and the country they were visiting. It also illustrates how regardless of nationality, between 1833 and 1914, travelers' perceptions of race fluctuated to reflect changing national identities. Encompassing the perspectives of both male and female travelers from different backgrounds, Perceptions of Race and Nation in English and American Travel Writers, 1833-1914 explores the role of race in national identity, a topic that remains relevant for scholarly interest and debate.|
|Perceptions of Race and Narion in English and American Travel WritersL 1833-1914. Erik S. Schmeller.
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|· Volume 6 -Travel Writing, Mediation and Otherness. Ed. Jan Borm, Jean-Yves Le Disez, Bruce Jackson, and Loredana Polezzi. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., forthcoming.|
|· Volume 7 -Cross-Cultural Travel. Papers from the Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Symposium, NUI, Galway, November 2002.. Ed. Jane Conroy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2003.|
|Cross-Cultural Travel presents the proceedings of a major international conference on literature and travel held in November 2002 at the National University of Ireland, under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy. The contributors, including such leading scholars as Joep Leerssen and Luigi Monga, illustrate the remarkable scope and vitality of work currently undertaken in the field. Cross-Cultural Travel is a multidisciplinary crossroads where literature, cultural studies and history engage with a variety of other disciplines. Topics range from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century and from constructions in fiction and poetry to the testimonies of explorers, diplomats, servants of Empire, journalists, artists, tourists, or established writers Rousseau, Heine, Hugo, Sand, Svevo, Cela, Ingeborg Bachmann, Barthes, Tabucchi, Chatwin, Allende, and Sebald. Taken together, these fifty essays illuminate the processes of identity formation, whether the great lines of national identity or the personal edges of awareness. They explore over time differing relationships to the physical world, experiences of cultural difference, and the interplay between the subject’s mobility and its textualization.
Cross-Cultural Travel: Papers from the Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Symposium, NUI, Galway, November 2002. ISBN: 0-8204-6930-0. Hardcover. 572 pp.
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|- Volume 8 - Fast Cars and Bad Girls: Nomadic Subjects and Women’s Road Stories. Paes de Barros, Deborah. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2004.|
|Fast Cars and Bad Girls: Nomadic Subjects and Women's Road Stories explores the road narratives of women and the various ways their work re-maps American space. Moving from Mary Rowlandson's famous captivity narrative to the frontier texts of the American West to the postapocalyptic novels of postmodern experience, Fast Cars and Bad Girls interrogates the intersections of nomadic theory and contemporary feminism. What would happen, the text queries the reader, if Jack Kerouac had gone on the road with a baby in the back seat? Women's road texts are different, insists author Deborah Paes de Barros; notions such as resistance to the West, the revision of the natural world, mother-daughter relationships, avant-garde angst, and feminist utopias construct this discussion of women travel writers.
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|- Volume 9 -Methods for Teaching Travel Literature and Writing: Exploring the World and Self. Eileen Groom. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2004.|
|The contributors to Methods for Teaching Travel Literature and Writing: Exploring the World and Self discuss how and why they have integrated travel literature and writing into their courses. Subjects range from the study of travel literature granting insight into how travel authors, such as Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux, convince readers to «buy into» their worlds and reflect the readers' positions in society, to contemplating the meanings of the words «traveler» and «tourist». Other chapters examine how actual traveling can shape students' writing and vice versa, whereas still others address how the study of the genre and actually writing it promotes interdisciplinarity.|
|- Volume 10 - Twentieth-Century Travel Literature in French: History, Genre, Theory. Forsdick, Charles, Feroza Basu, and Siobhán Shilton. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., forthcoming.|
|- Volume 11 - Movement and Belonging: Lines, Places, and Spaces of Travel in Selected Writings of Naipaul, Ondaatje, Lawrence, and White. Leon, Carol. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., forthcoming .|
|- Volume 12 - The Travel Narratives of Ella Maillart: (En)Gendering the Quest.Sara Steinert Borella. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., forthcoming.|
|- Volume 13 - Provincializing the Worldly Citizen: Yugoslav Student and Teacher Travel and Slavic Cosmopolitanism in the Interwar Era. Noah E. Sobe. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., forthcoming.|
|Last revised on August 2006. Please address comments and suggestions to Kristi Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
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