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  Travel literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Travel literature is literature which records the people, events, sights and feelings of an author who is touring a foreign place for the sake and pleasure of travel.
Literature that recounts adventure, exploration and conquest is often grouped under travel literature, but it also has its own genre outdoor literature; these genres will often overlap with no definite boundaries.
Travels with a Donkey in the CĂ©vennes (1879).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Travel_literature   (1417 words)

  
 Travel Literature
While literacy was strongly tied to the Christian church, particularly in the earlier part of the middle ages, the literature of travel was not a doctrinally significant text which must be copied meticulously and without error.
After the Reformation, the drastic effect of the dissolution of the monasteries and the confiscation of church property led to an interest in the topography of the country, based on an awareness that the massive remains of a recently lost past were still standing the landscape.
Antiquarians of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries created a whole new genre of historical travel literature, but only after the first heroic attempt to record the rapidly decomposing splendour of the middle ages was made in the early 16th century by a man called John Leland, who went mad and died in the attempt.
medievalwriting.50megs.com /word/travel.htm   (1383 words)

  
 European Travel Accounts Printed Before 1850 - Bryn Mawr College Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Travel writing necessarily entails the blending of different genres, as the description of a voyage can include observations on everything from history and religion to botany and zoology.
As Nigel Leask has noted, Europeans often couched their desire to travel and explore in terms of 'curiosity', but seemingly benign curiosity was often as much about the impulse to possess or to profit as it was about expanding human knowledge.
An increasingly literate public proved an eager audience for the wide variety of travel accounts that were entering into publication, from guidebooks to traveler' journals, and from works focused on natural history and geography to those detailing cases of religious and political imperialism.
www.brynmawr.edu /library/speccoll/guides/travel   (1312 words)

  
 Travel Literature on Southeast Asia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Travels in the central parts of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia, and Laos, during the years 1858, 1859, and 1860 / by the late Henri Mouhot.
A naturalist in north Celebes : a narrative of travels in Minahassa, the Sangir and Talaut Islands, with notices of the fauna, flora and ethnology of the districts visited / by Sydney J. Hickson.
The voyage of François Payard of Laval to the East Indies, the Maldives, the Moluccas and Brazil / tr.
www.library.cornell.edu /Asia/guides/travel.html   (9663 words)

  
 §1. William Dampier. VII. The Literature of Travel, 1700–1900. Vol. 14. The Victorian Age, Part Two. The ...
Most writers on travel are remembered as travellers rather than as authors, and the value of their works lies not so much in revealing the personality and literary power of the writer as in successfully describing his journeys and discoveries.
This chapter can only be kept within reasonable limits by recognising that the literature of travel and the written records of travel are not the same thing.
In a travel-book, viewed as literature, accuracy is no merit, unless the style and character of the work enjoin accuracy.
www.bartleby.com /224/0701.html   (952 words)

  
 Travel Literature - Gulliver's Travels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Swift did use the travel episodic summary at the beginning of each chapter, yet the book has been edited so the political satire remains, while a whole chapter on Japan has been deleted so often, its existence is a surprise.
As many travelers know, it is much easier to criticize a host country in which they temporary reside while romanticizing their home country.
Americans traveling to Asia and the Middle East are forewarned to bring their own supply of clothing: Americans are much larger than the natives, and reasonably priced and stylish clothes are exorbitant or non-existent.
ad.walker.org /travel.html   (2682 words)

  
 Literature of Travel and Exploration -- Contributors
Author of Belated Travelers: Orientalism in the Age of Colonial Dissolution (1994) and The Forgetful Nation: Reflections on Immigration and Cultural Identity in the United States (forthcoming) and numerous essays on European travel literature, (post)colonial literature and theory.
Has written on travel and tourism in 18th and 19th- century Australia and her forthcoming book is a history of travel in 19th-century Australia.
Area of specialization is Victorian literature, with a particular interest in travel literature of the British empire, and is currently writing a book on British women travel writers in the Middle East.
www.routledge-ny.com /ref/travellit/contributors.html   (8765 words)

  
 IUB Libraries: Travel Literature
Travel literature, however, should not be confused with travel guides, which provide readers with more pragmatic information about a specific place.
Unlike other branches of literature, travel literature lacks unity as is evidenced by its classification in diverse subject areas such as geography, history, and literature.
Travel literature titles from the 19th century are listed under the Travel heading and are further divided into the following subcategories: General, Africa, America, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, and Europe.
www.libraries.iub.edu /index.php?pageId=3592   (2858 words)

  
 Travel Literature
The most famous medieval travel story of all, the 13th century tale of the journey of Marco Polo from Venice to the court of the Great Khan in the Mongol kingdom of China, exists not only in a great number of extant manuscripts, but in a great number of different versions.
Given this storytelling tradition in travel literature, it seems a little ironical that a mysterious author who took it just a little bit further, an author writing under the name Sir John Mandeville, should be castigated for being a hoaxer and travel liar.
Still, given some of the conventions of this style of literature, and the compiling nature of the medieval literate tradition in general, perhaps it is a bit rude to call him a liar.
medievalwriting.50megs.com /word/travel3.htm   (1350 words)

  
 The Speculative Literature Foundation
SLF travel grants are awarded to assist writers (speculative fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction) in their research.
Our travel grants will be awarded by a committee of SLF staff members on the basis of interest and merit.
Travel may take place from any country to any country, or internally within a country; the grants are unrestricted.
www.speculativeliterature.org /Awards/SLFTravelGrant.php   (398 words)

  
 Salon Travel | The top 10 travel books of the century   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Some people travel but never really move; others stay put but never stop roaming.
Despite the fact that, at its best, travel writing is extraordinarily complex and fulfilling -- encompassing person and place; history, art and culture; food and philosophy; essay and reportage -- it just can't get no respect.
If it's about travel, conventional critical wisdom seems to say, it can't possibly be serious or substantial; it's the literary equivalent of the syrupy cocktail with the little paper parasol: Literature Lite.
www.salon.com /travel/bag/1999/05/19/best/index.html   (664 words)

  
 Travel Literature - book reviews, bookshops, and more ...
From classics of the genre to less well-known works; from guidebooks to journeys of self-discovery, Travel Literature aims to cover them all.
Naturally, there are e-tailers such as Amazon, but actual bookshops also still exist, and some of them specialise in travel writing, maps, guidebooks and other travel literature.
If you have a favourite travel bookshop that is not on the list, please let us know.
www.travelliterature.org   (224 words)

  
 Literature of Travel and Exploration
Presenting a broad overview of travel writing, from classical antiquity to the present, Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia offers a multidisciplinary and multicultural guide to this growing area of study.
Over 230 illustrations have been carefully selected to show how travel literature publishers since the Middle Ages have tried to make their books, brochures, leaflets, and guides appealing to readers by using images that reveal the unique historical and cultural perspectives of societies coming into contact with unfamiliar regions and peoples.
Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia is a valuable resource for teachers and students of literature, geography, history, and social sciences, as well as any general reader with an interest in this fascinating subject.
www.routledge-ny.com /travellit   (397 words)

  
 Travel Literature Through the Ages
Travel literature whether inspired by pleasure, pilgrimage, official duty, geographical exploration or profit emerges as a prominent genre in virtually all times and cultures.
Travel narratives mediate between fact and fiction, autobiography and ethnography, combining a number of academic disciplines, literary categories and social codes.
Adams, Travel Literature and the Evolution of the Novel.
www.postcolonialweb.org /courses/srilata1.html   (817 words)

  
 Library of Southern Literature: Travel Writing
Of the more than 100 travel books by observers from the British Isles or by English colonials written between 1600 and 1750, 40 were by preachers and missionaries, 30 by government officials, 12 by merchants and fur traders, 10 by doctors and scientists, and others by ship captains, land speculators, and surveyors.
After the war, which occasioned a good bit of fortuitous travel, travelers from abroad tended to bypass the South in their eagerness to board transcontinental trains headed west, but Americans, particularly American journalists, flocked to the South to see and report on postwar conditions and Reconstruction efforts.
Photographs began to be incorporated in southern travel books as early as the first decade of this century, being essential and integral parts of Clifton Johnson's explorations of southern rural life, Highways and Byways of the South (1904) and Highways and Byways of the Mississippi Valley (1906).
docsouth.unc.edu /southlit/travel.html   (821 words)

  
 TxDOT Travel Division - Literature Rules   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Travel literature must meet size criteria established by the division.
New private sector travel literature will replace the old travel literature on display when a new date appears on the brochure or when substantial changes have been made to the item.
Outdated travel literature will not be sent back to the original establishment, but will be disposed of through a recycling program or the most appropriate manner.
www.dot.state.tx.us /trv/trvserv.htm?pg=litrule   (558 words)

  
 Travel Writing: articles, book reviews, travelogues from Travel Insights
For escapism with bite, Travel Writing will whisk you away to the bars of Thailand (where Connect 4 is a lot bigger than you might imagine), lead you into the deserts of Egypt, or put you on the trail of Rembrandt in Amsterdam.
Travel Guides should be your first port of call.
If you think you have an interesting story to tell, or if you are planning a trip and would like to publish a journal or travelogue as you go, then look at our Submission Guidelines for more details on what we expect from you and of course what you can expect from us.
www.travelinsights.org   (264 words)

  
 Chinese Literature, China Literature: Travel China Guide.com
Classical literature refers to the earliest period and covers works from three thousands years ago to the late Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), and is a virtually unbroken strand enduring dynastic changes.
Contemporary literature embraces the works from the late Qing Dynasty to the May Fourth Movement of 1919 (a patriotic movement against imperialism and feudalism).
Modern literature spanned the period from 1919 to the foundation of modern China in 1949 and took on a new vigor, despite the fact that Chinese was in the throws of checkered and complicated times.
www.travelchinaguide.com /intro/literature.htm   (614 words)

  
 Womens Travel Network - Welcome
We are a full service travel company that specializes in travel for women.
Whether you travel for business or leisure, as a couple, as a family, a group or as a single, we will take care of your every need.
Services provided by Womens Travel Network include travel consultation for vacations, prearranged tours, custom packages for individuals or groups, airline reservations and ticketing, hotel and car rental reservations.
womenstravelnetwork.ca   (203 words)

  
 Salon Travel | More best books of the century   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
In the weeks since then, the e-mails have continued to arrive -- heartily manifesting your ongoing love affair with great travel writing and the tremendous richness of travel literature that has been produced in the past century.
The seven-tape series travels at its own pace and conveys the sense of being there by not cramming every second with narration.
They also stretch and compress travel time: The week-long trip on the dhow from Saudi to Bombay takes one episode, the same length as the trip from San Diego to the finish line.
www.salon.com /travel/bag/1999/06/23/best/index.html   (1000 words)

  
 Essential Travel Planning Data by TravelData21
This site has been designed to assist with travel planning and to provide travelers with a large resource of practical, cultural, historical, and other information to develop plans for business or pleasure travel.
Click here for more on this topic, especially if you are interested in travel writing and photography or planning travel for these reasons.
To add more, we are inviting travelers with good writing skills to join with us to make this one of the best travel resources on the Internet.
www.traveldata21.com   (493 words)

  
 Chinese Literature:, China Literature Travel China Guide.com
Lu Xun, the harbinger and master of modern literature, composed the Madman's Diary, which is the first work set completely in exoteric language and which sharply revealed the essence of society.
Lao She was skillful in utilizing the Peking dialect and Camel Xiangzi and the drama Tea House are his masterpieces which reflect the helplessness of the lower classes in the old China.
Xu Zhimo, a much traveled lyric poet, expressed his feelings of longing for the days when he was at Cambridge University in his evocative poem Second Farewell to Cambridge.
www.travelchinaguide.com /intro/literature1.htm   (616 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Literature of Travel and Exploration: Books: J. Speake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
General or topical encyclopedias provide overviews of travel-rated topics and suggestions for further reading, often recent secondary, scholarly sources, but Literature of Travel and Exploration leads readers to the individuals who wrote about their travels and lists editions of their writing--primarily, but not always, in English--and, when appropriate, repositories of relevant manuscripts.
This is a rich and inspiring introduction to primary sources for undergraduate and advanced high-school students and an excellent source for further research for graduate students and other scholars.
A researcher's cornucopia and an armchair traveler's delight, this is a significant contribution to the genre with a long shelf life.
www.amazon.com /Literature-Travel-Exploration-J-Speake/dp/1579582478   (917 words)

  
 Travel planning literature by Travel Data 21
The question might be asked, "Why buy travel books when there is so much free information on the Internet?" It is a good question to which there are equally good answers.
There are also collections of essays and travel writings that are a delight to read but are only in print form.
The development of the Grand Tour and expansion of European empires gave impetus to the publication of travel writing that continued to expand with the improvement in means of travel, especially steamships.
www.traveldata21.com /travel_lit.htm   (406 words)

  
 Travel Literature
Portuguese travel literature is deeply rooted in its maritime discoveries and the pragmatic need to record the different routes, atmospheric conditions, coastal irregularities and all the other features that might help seafarers to repeat and continue along paths that had already been travelled.
A particularly interesting feature of this literature is the proliferation of what was to become a specific Portuguese genre during the second half of the sixteenth century and would in fact continue until much later: the reports of shipwrecks.
These consisted of a specific narrative that was exclusive to the ships that were wrecked, with a detailed description of the human reactions caused by the shipwreck and the tragic and sometimes vain efforts to survive.
www.instituto-camoes.pt /cvc/literatura/eng/litviagens.htm   (724 words)

  
 afrol News - Your Portal to Africa!
Travel in Africa is an info site, mostly specializing in Southern Africa adventure travel, with general info, safaris, car rentals, overland trips, etc. Something of the closest you get a portal on African travel.
Their highly informative website has information on Kenyan travel destinations, accommodation, parks and reserves, scientific services, etc. On their parks and reserves page, you'll find ample information about a long list of national parks and reserves.
Chasing the Lizard's tail by Jens Finke is a travel tale on a bicycle ride across the Sahara by the author.
www.afrol.com /html/Index/travelindex_africa.htm   (3906 words)

  
 Outdoor Book Reviews: A Guide to Outdoor Literature
The result reflects a personal favor for travel and exploration, trekking and mountaineering, as opposed to sport-oriented outdoor pursuits, such as mountain climbing.
A great story by a great travel writer about a preposterously planned trip into Afghanistan (before the modern era of chaos overtook the country) to do a first ascent on a previously unseen peak in the Hindu Kush Mountains.
Dervla Murphy is one of the most prolific of travellers and her many books are all worth reading.
www.ronwatters.com /BkTucker.htm   (3521 words)

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