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- DescriptionDuring the Jim Crow era, African American travellers faced the prospects of violence, harassment, and the denial of services, especially as they made their way throughout the American South. Those who journeyed outside the United States found t only a political and social context that was markedly different from America's, but in their international mobility, they also discovered new ways of identifying themselves in relation to others. In this book, Gary Totten examines the global travel narratives of a diverse set of African American writers, including Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Matthew Henson, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and Zora Neale Hurston. While these writers deal with issues of identity in relation to a reimagined sense of self -- in a way that we might expect to find in travel narratives -- they also push against the constraints and conventions of the genre, reconsidering discourses of tourism, ethgraphy, and exploration. This book t only offers new insights about African American writers and mobility, it also charts the ideological distinctions and divergent agendas within this group of writers. Totten demonstrates how these travellers and their writings challenged dominant ideologies about African American experience, expression, and identity in a period of escalating racial violence. By setting these texts in their historical context and within the genre of travel writing, Totten presents a nuanced understanding of both popular and recovered work of the period.
- Author BiographyGary Totten is professor of English at North Dakota State University, USA. He is editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture and editor-in-chief of the journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.
- Author(s)Gary Totten
- PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Date of Publication30/07/2015
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Content Note3 illustrations
- Weight272 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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