Contemporary Travel Narratives Criticism: Modern Travel Writing - Essay

Paul Lyons (essay date 1996)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Lyons, Paul. “From Man-Eaters to Spam-Eaters: Literary Tourism and the Discourse of Cannibalism from Herman Melville to Paul Theroux.” In Multiculturalism and Representation: Selected Essays, edited by John Rieder and Larry E. Smith, pp. 67-86. Honolulu: College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, University of Hawaii and the East-West Center, 1996.

[In the following essay, Lyons places the treatment of cannibalism in travel narratives within a historical perspective, and traces its contemporary significance in the work of Paul Theroux.]

The Oceania found in this literature is … more revealing of papalagi fantasies and...

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Tim Youngs (essay date autumn 1997)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Youngs, Tim. “Punctuating Travel: Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin.” Literature and History, Special Issue: Placing Travel 6, no. 2 (autumn 1997): 73-88.

[In the following essay, Youngs contends that Paul Theroux's self-presentation in his travel narratives is an embodiment of a “powerful contemporary myth about the nature of travel in the modern world.”]

In her book Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation, Mary Louise Pratt has identified in modern travel accounts the phenomenon she labels ‘The White Man's Lament’. Illustrating her argument with references to Alberto Moravia's West African travelogue, Which Tribe Do You Belong...

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