Criticism: Non-European Eighteenth-Century Travel Narratives - Essay

Simon Digby (essay date 1989)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Digby, Simon. “An Eighteenth Century Narrative of a Journey from Bengal to England: Munshi Isma'il's New History.” In Urdu and Muslim South Asia: Studies in Honour of Ralph Russell, edited by Christopher Shackle, pp. 49-65. London: University of London, 1989.

[In the following essay, Digby examines Munshi Isma'il's New History, one of the earliest travel narratives written by an Indian, describing his voyage to and experiences in England.]

According to Sir Thomas Roe, ambassador of King James I of England and VI of Scotland to the court of the Mughal Emperor Jahāngīr, a proposal was mooted in 1616 that an Indian ‘gentellman’ should...

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Geraldine Murphy (essay date 1994)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Murphy, Geraldine. “Olaudah Equiano, Accidental Tourist.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 27, no. 4 (summer 1994): 551-68.

[In the following essay, Murphy examines a late eighteenth-century travel narrative written by a former African slave, contending that the author attempted to show Africa in a favorable light and to achieve personal equity with Europeans.]

As most readers will recognize, my title refers to Anne Tyler's recent novel, The Accidental Tourist. Macon, the protagonist, writes travel guides for business types who loathe traveling. The logo for his series is a stuffed living room chair sprouting wings: “While armchair travelers dream of...

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Michael H. Fisher (essay date 1997)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Fisher, Michael H. “Preface: A Text and a Life.” In The Travels of Dean Mahomet: An Eighteenth-Century Journey through India, edited by Michael H. Fisher, pp. xiii-xxii. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1997.

[In the following essay, Fisher examines The Travels of Dean Mahomet, maintaining that it reflects the author's place in the colonial process.]

[W]e have never been as aware as we are now of how oddly hybrid historical and cultural experiences are, of how they partake of many often contradictory experiences and domains, cross national boundaries, defy the police action of simple dogma and loud...

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