Encountering Difference: New Perspectives on Genre, Travel and Gender

Gigi Adair, Lenka Filipova (Eds.)

by Barbara Schaff (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany), Tim Hannigan (University of Leicester), Aude Haffen (University Paul Valéry-Montpellier, France), Martina Horakova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), Tabitha Kenlon (American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Laura Elizabeth Shea (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Cheri Larsen Hoeckley (Westmont College), Emily Teo (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; University of Kent), Carl Thompson (University of Surrey)

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The volume contains a variety of consistently high-quality and wide-ranging essays. Introduction, essays and apparatus are high standard, and there is a particularly impressive grasp of recent secondary material.

Stephen Clark,
Department of English Language and Literature / Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology,
University of Tokyo, Japan

This edited collection poses crucial questions about the relationship between gender and genre in travel writing, asking how gender shapes formal and thematic approaches to the various generic forms employed to represent and recreate travel. While the question of the genre of travel writing has often been debated (is it a genre, a hybrid genre, a sub-genre of autobiography?), and recent years have been much attention to travel writing and gender, these have rarely been combined.

This book sheds light on how the gendered nature of writing and reading about travel affect the genre choices and strategies of writers, as well as the way in which travel writing is received. It reconsiders traditional and frequently studied forms of travel writing, both European and non-European. In addition, it pursues questions about the connections between travel writing and other genres, such as the novel and films, minor forms including journalism and blogging, and new sub-genres such as the ‘new nature writing’; focusing in particular on the political ramifications of genre in travel writing. The collection is international in focus with discussions of works by authors from Europe, Asia, Australia, and both North and South America; consequently, it will be of great interest to scholars and historians in those regions.

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List of Contributors

Foreword: Encounters with Difference
Carl Thompson
University of Surrey, UK

Introduction: Gendered travel and the genre of travel writing
Gigi Adair
University of Bielefeld, Germany
Lenka Filipova
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

1. Do Genre and Gender Condition Each Other in Travel Writing?
Barbara Schaff
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

2. Foreign Country: Lone Enraptured Males, Healing Females and the Othering of Rural Britain in the 'New Nature Writing'
Tim Hannigan
University of Leicester, UK

3. Code Breaking, Queer Effect and “Category Crisis” in Christopher Isherwood’s South American Travel Diary
Aude Haffen
University Paul Valéry – Montpellier III, France

4. Encountering Difference in the Australian Outback: Kim Mahood’s Landscape Memoirs
Martina Horáková
Masaryk University, Czech Republic

5. Castles in the Air: Gothic Fiction and Travel Writing
Tabitha Kenlon
American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6. Deep South: Sally Mann’s Southern Photographs as American Pilgrimage
Laura Elizabeth Shea
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

7. Reframing Difference in George Eliot’s Early Fraser’s Magazine Articles after Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Intersectionality
Cheri Larsen Hoeckley
Westmont College, USA

8. Travel Writing and Masculinity in Late-Ming China: Yuan Zhongdao’s Records of Travelling and Dwelling
Emily Teo
University of Erfurt, Germany


Dr. Gigi Adair (editor) is an assistant professor at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Bielefeld. She specialises in Postcolonial Studies and British Literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with her first monograph, Kinship Across the Black Atlantic: writing diasporic relations, due to be published by Liverpool University Press in 2019. Her work on Isabella Bird has been published in Studies in Travel Writing, and a chapter on the nineteenth-century Indian traveller Bholanauth Chunder is forthcoming. Adair’s current project concerns travelling masculinities in nineteenth-century British and Indian writing, including both fiction and travelogues.

Lenka Filipova (editor) completed her doctorate on Ecocriticism and the sense of place at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests lie in the Environmental Humanities; while her dissertation explored notions of emplacement in movement and primarily focused on contemporary writers, her postdoctoral project will interrogate issues concerning science, affect and the environment in both travel writing and fiction from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Filipova has published on contemporary environmental writing and is currently finalising a chapter on nature representation in eighteenth century travel writing.

travel writing, gender, genre, New Nature Writing, queer studies, landscape and memory, the Gothic, photography, intersectionality, late-Ming China

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Encountering Difference: New Perspectives on Genre, Travel and Gender





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236mm x 160mm


1 B&W and 4 Color

Publication date

March 2020