Books and Travel

Books and Travel

Inspiration, Quests and Transformation

eBook - 2012
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Univ of Toronto Pr

The books that we read, whether travel-focused or not, may influence the way in which we understand the process or experience of travel. This multidisciplinary work provides a critical analysis of the inspirational and transformational role that books play in travel imaginings. Does reading a book encourage us to think of travel as exotic, adventurous, transformative, dangerous or educative? Do different genres of books influence a reader's view of travel in multifarious ways? These questions are explored through a literary analysis of an eclectic selection of books spanning the period from the eighteenth century to the present day. Genres covered include historical fiction, children's books, westerns, science-fiction and crime fiction.


The role of books in framing travel imaginings is an important social and cultural phenomenon. This book explores how reading books influences the way in which we understand travel and the tourist experience. It covers a variety of genres of books, from children’s books and historical fiction, to westerns, science fiction and crime fiction.



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The books that we read, whether travel-focused or not, may influence the way in which we understand the process or experience of travel. This multidisciplinary work provides a critical analysis of the inspirational and transformational role that books play in travel imaginings. Does reading a book encourage us to think of travel as exotic, adventurous, transformative, dangerous or educative? Do different genres of books influence a reader's view of travel in multifarious ways? These questions are explored through a literary analysis of an eclectic selection of books spanning the period from the eighteenth century to the present day. Genres covered include historical fiction, children's books, westerns, science-fiction and crime fiction.

Book News
This small volume looks at books, ideas of travel, and travel from the perspective of domestic tourism. The authors are the UK-based co-convenors of the biennial International Tourism and Media Studies Conferences. They wonder how reading about travel affects people's actual experiences of travel or vision of real places. Much of the book consists of categorizing travel themes in books, followed by retellings of the plots of many books. Most are genre fiction dealing with a journey from England to elsewhere, or an imagined elsewhere in England. The book's primary focus is on fantasy novels, and largely avoids common European and US travel fantasies of exotic real-world places; the focus is on people and places that could be theme park-style destinations without causing much offense, so non-Western settings remain out of view. The authors are strongly influenced by Joseph Campbell's idea of the Hero's Journey, considered as a universal myth. They synopsize stories that have inspired English and US tourist interest in European and US people and destinations, both real (home of the Bronte sisters, Baker Street, Deadwood, South Dakota) and constructed (Peter Pan and Harry Potter theme destinations, "Dracula's" castle). Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Bristol ; Buffalo : Channel View Publications, ©2012
ISBN: 9781845413491
1845413490
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 210 pages :) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Frost, Warwick

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