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234 × 156 × 33 mm
352 pages
27 illustrations
01 Jan 1999
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Voyages and Visions Towards a Cultural History of Travel Jaś Elsner, Joan-Pau Rubiés

With essays by Kasia Boddy, Michael Bravo, Peter Burke, Melissa Calaresu, Jesus Maria Carillo Castillo, Peter Hansen, Edward James, Nigel Leask, Joan-Pau Rubies and Wes Williams.

A much-needed contribution to the expanding interest in the history of travel and travel writing, Voyages and Visions is the first attempt to sketch a cultural history of travel from the sixteenth century to the present day. The essays address the theme of travel as a historical, literary and imaginative process, focusing on significant episodes and encounters in world history.

The contributors to this collection include historians of art and of science, anthropologists, literary critics and mainstream cultural historians. Their essays encompass a challenging range of subjects, including the explorations of South America, India and Mexico; mountaineering in the Himalayas; space travel; science fiction; and American post-war travel fiction. Voyages and Visions is truly interdisciplinary, and essential reading for anyone interested in travel writing.

Voyages and Visions is a useful and welcome addition to the literature of travel, particularly helpful to the historically challenged who might wish to gain a broader comparative insight into changing discourses of travel over time.’ — Times Higher Education

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Jaś Elsner is Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art at Corpus Christi College Oxford.

Notes on the Editors and Contributors
Introduction - Jas Elsner and Joan-Pau Rubiés
1. From Mt Ventoux to Mt Masaya: The Rise and Fall of Subjectivity in Early Modern Travel Narrative - Jesús Carrillo
2. Futility in the New World: Narratives of Travel in Sixteenth-Century America - Joan-Pau Rubiés
3. 'Rubbing up against others': Montaigne on Pilgrimage - Wes Williams
4. The Philosopher as Traveller: Bernier's Orient - Peter Burke
5. Looking for Virgil's Tomb: The End of the Grand Tour and the Cosmopolitan Ideal in Europe - Melissa Calaresu
6. Precision and Curiosity in Scientific Travel: James Rennell and the Orientalist Geography of the New Imperial Age (1760-1830) - Michael T. Bravo
7. 'The Ghost in Chapultepec': Fanny Calderón de la Barca, William Prescott and Nineteenth-Century Mexican Travel Accounts - Nigel Leask
8. Partners: Guides and Sherpas in the Alps and Himalayas, 1850s-1950s - Peter H. Hansen
9. The European Journey in Postwar American Fiction and Film - Kasia Boddy
10. Per ardua ad astra: Authorial Choice and the Narrative of Interstellar Travel - Edward James
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Photographic Acknowledgements