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- DescriptionIn this collection leading scholars in the field examine the interfaces between narratives of travel and of empire. The term 'American' is used here in the hemispheric sense and American travel writing includes both writing about America by visitors and writings by Americans abroad. The contributors are recognized specialists in different periods of American literature and travel writing. The essays explore the ways in which descriptions of the landscapes and people of colonized territories shaped perceptions of these areas; the transmission images and metaphors between colony and metropole; the gathering of n-scribal cultures as 'primitive' or 'wild'; the deployment of representations of encounters between European and other cultures in order to critique or reinforce European or American values and cultural practices; and, the tacit assumptions of cultural or ecomic hegemony underlying U.S. or European travel writing.
- Author BiographyProfessor David Seed is Professor of American Literature at the University of Liverpool. His publications include The Fictional Labyrinths of Thomas Pynchon (1988), The Fiction of Joseph Heller (1989), Rudolph Wurlitzer, American Novelist and Screenwriter (1992). Anticipations: Essays on Early Science Fiction and its Predecessors (edited collection: 1995), American Science Fiction and the Cold War (1999), Imagining Apocalypse: Studies in Cultural Crisis (edited collection: 1999), and Speaking Science Fiction (co-edited with Andy Sawyer). Professor Susan Castillo is The Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor of American Literature at King's College London. She is the co-editor of Notes from the Periphery: Marginality in North American Literature and Culture, Engendering Identities, and co-author of Native American Women in Literature and Culture. She is co-editor of the anthology The Literatures of Colonial America, with a Companion to American Colonial Literature in the works.
- Author(s)David Seed
- PublisherLiverpool University Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2009
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLiverpool
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintLiverpool University Press
- Content Note3 black & white illustrations, 2 maps
- Weight616 g
- Width163 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited bySusan Castillo
- Format DetailsCloth
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