Interwar Itineraries: Authenticity in Anglophone and French Travel Writing (Paperback)

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How people traveled, and how people wrote about travel, changed in the interwar years. Novel technologies eased travel conditions, breeding new iterations of the colonizing gaze. The sense that another war was coming lent urgency and anxiety to the search for new places and “authentic” experiences. In Interwar Itineraries: Authenticity in Anglophone and French Travel Writing, Emily O. Wittman identifies a diverse group of writers from two languages who embarked on such quests. For these writers, authenticity was achieved through rugged adventure abroad to economically poorer destinations. Using translation theory and new approaches in travel studies and global modernisms, Wittman links and complicates the symbolic and rhetorical strategies of writers including André Gide, Ernest Hemingway, Michel Leiris, Isak Dinesen, Beryl Markham, among others, that offer insight into the high ethical stakes of travel and allow us to see in new ways how models of the authentic self are built and maintained through asymmetries of encounter.

About the Author


Emily O. Wittman is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama. She is the author of The New Midlife Memoir (Routledge, 2022) and the co-editor (with Maria DiBattista) of The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography (2014) and Modernism and Translation (Cambridge UP, 2014). She is a translator of the French philosopher Félix Guattari.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781943208302
ISBN-10: 1943208301
Publisher: Amherst College Press
Publication Date: July 27th, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English