Edited By: Jas Elsner and Joan-Pau Rubies
344 pages, B/w illus
Attempting to sketch a cultural history of travel from the 16th century to the present day, these interdisciplinary essays address the theme of travel as an historical, literary and imaginative process, focusing on significant episodes and encounters in world history. The contributors include historians of art and science, anthropologists, literary critics and mainstream cultural historians. Their essays encompass topics such as the explorations of South America, India and Mexico; Cook's voyages in the South Seas; mountaineering in the Himalayas; space travel; science fiction; and American post-war travel fiction.
'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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