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Travel Writing: A Very Short Introduction

Tim Youngs

April 2023

ISBN: 9780198794110

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Travel writing goes back thousands of years and is found in many cultures. Tim Youngs examines its various forms, including diaries, letters, adventure narratives, and blogs, and outlines their uses. He shows how in describing places and their journeys to them, travel writers also reveal something of their own values and preoccupations.

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Travel writing goes back thousands of years and is found in many cultures. Tim Youngs examines its various forms, including diaries, letters, adventure narratives, and blogs, and outlines their uses. He shows how in describing places and their journeys to them, travel writers also reveal something of their own values and preoccupations.

  • Examines the purpose, use and effects of the many forms of travel writing, from its first appearance on clay tablets to the digital age
  • Emphasises the range and diversity of travel writing and of its authors
  • Shows that as well as accompanying empire and colonialism, travel writing has helped promote radical and progressive causes
  • Discusses the genre's definition and takes a broad view of its various characteristics
  • Maintains that travel writing plays an important role in looking and communicating across borders
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Tim Youngs, Professor of English and Travel Studies, Nottingham Trent University

Tim Youngs is Professor of English and Travel Studies at Nottingham Trent University, where he is also director of the Centre for Travel Writing Studies. He has written or edited several books on travel writing, including The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (CUP, 2002), and is editor of the journal Studies in Travel Writing.

Table of Contents

    1:What is travel writing?
    2:Forms of travel writing
    3:Modes of travel
    4:The self in travel writing
    5:The other in travel writing
    6:The environment in travel writing
    7:The way ahead
    Further reading
    Index