Contemporary Travel Narratives Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Birkett, Dea, and Sara Wheeler, eds. The Penguin Book of Women's Travel Writing: Amazonian. London: Penguin Books, 1998, 250 p.

Collection of critical essays on travel texts from the twentieth century.

Gantrel, Martine. “From Recreation to Recovery: The Idea of Travel in French Literature and Film (1960-2000).” Sites 5, no. 1 (spring 2001): 131-38.

Explores the idea of travel as presented in contemporary French fiction and film, making a connection between this representation and contemporary cultural developments in France.

Grewal, Inderpal. Home and Harlem: Nation, Gender, Empire, and the Cultures of Travel. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1996, 281 p.

Anthology of essays examining the impact of the nineteenth-century imperialistic and European culture of travel, and its effect on the social divisions in England and India.

Kohl, Stephan. “Travel Literature and the Art of Self-Invention.” In Anglistentag 1989, Würzburg: Proceedings, edited by Rüdiger Ahrens, pp. 174-83. Tübingen, Germany: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1990.

Provides a comparison of common elements of the literary travelogue and autobiographical narrative, using the works of Paul Theroux, Jonathan Raban, and Philip Glazebrook as examples.

Kowalewski, Michael. Tempramental Journeys: Essays on the Modern Literature of Travel. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1992, 358 p.

Anthology of essays by and about travel writers, with sections focusing on writing styles and geographical regions.

Wesley, Marilyn C. Secret Journeys: The Trope of Women's Travel in American Literature. New York: State University of New York Press, 1999, 167 p.

Provides excerpts from various travel texts and journals by women from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.