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Author: Jaś Elsner; Joan-Pau Rubiés
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 1999.
Series: Critical views.
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"A much-needed response 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 an historical, literary and imaginative process, focusing on significant episodes and encounters in world history. The contributors to the volume include  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Voyages and visions.
London : Reaktion Books, 1999
(OCoLC)607117148
Online version:
Voyages and visions.
London : Reaktion Books, 1999
(OCoLC)607808888
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jaś Elsner; Joan-Pau Rubiés
ISBN: 1861890206 9781861890207
OCLC Number: 42310482
Description: 344 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Notes on the Editors and ContributorsIntroduction --
Jas Elsner and Joan-Pau Rubies --
1. From Mt Ventoux to Mt Masaya: The Rise and Fall of Subjectivity in Early Modern Travel Narrative --
Jesús Carrillo --
2. Futility in the New World: Narratives of Travel in Sixteenth-Century America --
Joan-Pau Rubies --
3. 'Rubbing up against others': Montaigne on Pilgrimage --
Wes Williams --
4. The Philosopher as Traveller: Bernier's Orient --
Peter Burke --
5. Looking for Virgil's Tomb: The End of the Grand Tour and the Cosmopolitan Ideal in Europe --
Melissa Calaresu --
6. Precision and Curiosity in Scientific Travel: James Rennell and the Orientalist Geography of the New Imperial Age (1760-1830) --
Michael T. Bravo --
7. 'The Ghost in Chapultepec': Fanny Calderón de la Barca, William Prescott and Nineteenth-Century Mexican Travel Accounts --
Nigel Leask --
8. Partners: Guides and Sherpas in the Alps and Himalayas, 1850s-1950s --
Peter H. Hansen --
9. The European Journey in Postwar American Fiction and Film --
Kasia Boddy --
10. Per ardua ad astra: Authorial Choice and the Narrative of Interstellar Travel --
Edward James --
References --
Select Bibliography --
Acknowledgements --
Photographic Acknowledgements --
Index.
Series Title: Critical views.
Other Titles: Voyages & visions
Responsibility: edited by Jaś Elsner and Joan-Pau Rubies.
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"A much-needed response 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 an historical, literary and imaginative process, focusing on significant episodes and encounters in world history. The contributors to the volume include historians of art and of science, anthropologists, literary critics and mainstream cultural historians. The subjects of their essays include European explorations of South America, India, Mexico and the South Seas; mountaineering in the Himalayas; science fiction; American post-war travel fiction; and space travel. Voyages and Visions is truly interdisciplinary; it is also essential reading for anyone interested in travel and travel literature."--Jacket.

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