Function of Contemporary Travel Narratives in the French, Anglo, and Latin Americas: Mixing and Expanding Cultural Identities

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This edited collection examines various perspectives on contemporary forms of travel and displacement in the Americas.

No other collection or monograph has been published that engages the genre of travel writing in such comprehensively hemispheric terms. The text examines new forms of displacement that characterize a globalized and increasingly interconnected world, and reexamines earlier forms of displacement in a new way.


“[This text] makes a compelling case for the centrality of travel narratives both to the European colonial “invention” of the New World and to postcolonial reinventions of the Americas in the twentieth century.” – Prof. Sarah Phillips Casteel, Carleton University

“…an important and accessible introduction to the work of some of the most important scholars in the discipline and to contemporary issues associated with travel writing.” – Prof. Amaryll Chanady, University of Montréal

Table of Contents

Foreword – Roland Walter
Introduction – Jean-François Côté
Location, Relocation, Nation – Christian Riegel
Tropes of Displacement, Displacement as Trope – Sebastiaan Faber
Transitional Places in the Work of Émile Ollivier – Simon Harel
Journeys from Quebec to the USA: a Quest for Identity – Jaap Lintvelt
Multiple Self Images and Epistemological Travels – Patrick Imbert
“Ich bin ein Berliner”: America(ns) in Europe in the Cold War – Doeko
Urbi et Orbi: The City and the Road in Kerouac’s New Form of Cosmopolitanism – Jean-François Côté
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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