French Political Travel Writing In The Interwar Years: Radical Departures by Martyn CornickFrench Political Travel Writing In The Interwar Years: Radical Departures by Martyn Cornick

French Political Travel Writing In The Interwar Years: Radical Departures

byMartyn Cornick

Hardcover | February 24, 2017

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This book studies travel writing produced by French authors following visits to dictatorial regimes perceived in inter-war France as totalitarian in nature. In addition to a discussion of journeys to Nazi Germany and the USSR, it offers an analysis of journeys to countries whose influence over French intellectuals and their political engagement has been neglected: Fascist Italy, Nationalist Spain, and Salazar's Portugal. Through an analysis of the travel writing produced as a result of such visits, the book gauges the appeal of these forms of totalitarianism for inter-war French intellectuals from a broad political spectrum. It examines not only those whose political sympathies with the extreme right or extreme left were already publicly known, but also those usually non-aligned intellectuals who occupied the "center ground" and who were nevertheless drawn to political models that offered an apparently radical alternative to that of the Third Republic in France. This study is therefore concerned with the varied and enduring appeal of totalitarian alternatives and their apparent promise for the French intellectual, considering to what extent the interest and, in some cases, fascination with such regimes reflects a utopian aspiration. Utopianism is understood not in the colloquial sense, as a fantasy ungrounded in the real but, in line with Karl Mannheim, Paul RicÅur, and Ruth Levitas, as a form of non-congruence with the real that it seeks to transcend. This book establishes the extent of political travelling as an intellectual phenomenon of the inter-war periods, and considers how political engagement, expressed textually, becomes a form of political action designed to impact upon the real.

Martyn Cornick is Professor of French Cultural History at the University of Birmingham, UK.Martin Hurcombe is Senior Lecturer in the Department of French, University of Bristol, UK.Angela Kershaw is Senior Lecturer in the Department of French Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.
Title:French Political Travel Writing In The Interwar Years: Radical DeparturesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 24, 2017Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415858828

ISBN - 13:9780415858823

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Radical Departures and the Politics of Inter-war Travel Writing (Hurcombe, Kershaw and Cornick)

Chapter One: From the Grand Tour to the Political Tourist: Italy and the Encounter with Homo Fascista (Martin Hurcombe)

Chapter Two: Out of Chaos, Order: Latinity and the Iberian Dictatorships (Martin Hurcombe)

Chapter Three: The New Soviet Woman and the French Debate on Gender in the 1920s (Angela Kershaw)

Chapter Four: The Journey to the USSR in the 1930s: Apology, Apocrypha, Apostasy (Angela Kershaw)

Chapter Five: Towards Totalitarianism: French Travel Writing around the Nazi Seizure of Power (Martyn Cornick)

Chapter Six: Excursions and Alarums: the New Germany (Martyn Cornick)

Chapter Seven: Political Peregrinations, the Journey Home, and the Sense of Self: Functions of Political Travel Writing in Inter-war France (Kershaw, Hurcombe, Cornick)

Conclusion: Political Travel Writing and the Persistence of Utopian Thinking (Kershaw, Hurcombe, Cornick)