Mee, Catharine, 1978-

Interpersonal encounters in contemporary travel writing : French and Italian perspectives / Catharine Mee. - 1 online resource (192 pages). - JSTOR eBooks Anthem studies in travel . - Anthem studies in travel. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"This critical study examines the theme of interpersonal encounter in a range of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century travel writing written in French and Italian. Structured typologically, each chapter focuses on a typical activity that brings traveller-protagonists into contact with those they encounter: guiding and interpreting, hosting, staring and photography, challenging, and accompanying. Drawing on a wide variety of writing, the study offers a unique focus on this central but overlooked aspect of travel, demonstrating the key place that encounter occupies in the contemporary travel culture. With reference to the literary critical study of travel writing, sociological and anthropological approaches to the study of tourism, as well as research in French and Italian area studies, the volume locates encounter firmly within the context of modern tourism. Elucidating the nature of encounter in unprecedented ways, the study demonstrates how the treatment of encounter determines the generic boundaries of travel writing and how narratives of encounter reveal the gap between ideals and practices in travel. The volume also analyses the dynamics between the traveller and 'travellee', as they are represented in narrative form, re-evaluating traditional notions of the traveller's power and examining the potential for travellee agency, with particular reference to discourses of authenticity and ethics"--Provided by publisher.

9781783080403 178308040X

22573/ctt1gwwsb8 JSTOR

Travel writing--History.--France
Travel writing--History.--Italy
Interpersonal relations in literature.

PQ307.T73 / M44 2014