The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Travel Writing offers readers an insight into the scope and range of perspectives that one encounters in this field of writing. Encompassing a diverse range of texts and styles, performances and forms, postcolonial travel writing recounts journeys undertaken through places, cultures, and communities that are simultaneously living within, through, and after colonialism in its various guises. The Companion is organized into three parts. Part I, 'Departures', addresses key theoretical issues, topics, and themes. Part II, 'Performances', examines a range of conventional and emerging travel performances and styles in postcolonial travel writing. Part III, 'Peripheries' continues to shift the analysis of travel writing from the traditional focus on Eurocentric contexts. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the field, appealing to students and teachers of travel writing and postcolonial studies.
Table of Contents
1. Towards a genealogy of postcolonial travel writing: an introduction Robert Clarke; Part I. Departures: 2. Postcolonial travel writing and postcolonial theory Justin D. Edwards; 3. Walk this way: postcolonial travel writing of the environment Jill Didur; 4. History, memory, and trauma in postcolonial travel writing Robert Clarke; Part II. Performances: 5. Diasporic 'returnees' and imagined homelands Srilata Ravi; 6. Diplomats as postcolonial travellers Eva-Marie Kröller; 7. The metropolitan journeys of Francophone postcolonial travellers Charles Forsdick; 8. African American travel writing Tim Youngs; 9. Seeking the sacred in postcolonial travel writing Asha Sen; 10. Contemporary postcolonial journeys on the trails of colonial travellers Christopher Keirstead; Part III. Peripheries: 11. Postcolonial travel journalism and the new media Brian Creech; 12. Travel magazines and settler (post)colonialism Anna Johnston; 13. Refugee and asylum seeker narratives as travel writing April Shemak; 14. Travellers in postcolonial fiction Stephen M. Levin; 15. Afterword Mary Louise Pratt.