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Interpersonal encounters in contemporary travel writing : French and Italian perspectives / Catharine Mee.

By: Mee, Catharine, 1978- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Anthem studies in travel: Publisher: London ; New York : Anthem Press, [2014]Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (192 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781783080403; 178308040X.Subject(s): Travel writing -- France -- History | Travel writing -- Italy -- History | Interpersonal relations in literatureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Interpersonal encounters in contemporary travel writing.DDC classification: 840.932 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: "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.
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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.

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<p> Catharine Mee is an independent researcher. She completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2009, writing her thesis on French and Italian travel writing. </p>

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