Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures: The Persistence of Diversity

Hardcover | May 26, 2005

byCharles Forsdick

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This book is one of the first studies of twentieth-century travel literature in French, tracking the form from the colonial past to the postcolonial present. Whereas most recent explorations of travel literature have addressed English-language material, Forsdick's study complements these bypresenting a body of material that has previously attracted little attention, ranging from conventional travel writing to other cultural phenomena (such as the Colonial Exposition of 1931) in which changing attitudes to travel are apparent. Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures explores the evolution of attitudes to cultural diversity, explaining how each generation seems simultaneously to foretell the collapse and reinvention of 'elsewhere'. It also follows the progressive renegotiation of understandings oftravel (and travel literature) across the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the emergence of travel narratives from France's former colonies. The book suggests that an exclusive colonial understanding of travel as a practice defined along the lines of class, gender, and ethnicity hasslowly been transformed so that travel has become an enabling figure - encapsulated in notions such as James Clifford's 'traveling cultures' - central to analyses of contemporary global culture. Engaging initially with Victor Segalen's early twentieth-century reflection on travel and exoticism andAlbert Kahn's 'Archives de la Planete', Forsdick goes on to examine a series of interrelated texts and phenomena: early African travel narratives, inter-war ethnography, post-war accounts of Citroen 2CV journeys, the travel stories of immigrant workers, the work of Nicholas Bouvier and the Pour unelitterature voyageuse movement, narratives of recent walking journeys, and contemporary Polynesian literature. In delineating a francophone space stretching far beyond metropolitan France itself, the book contributes to new understandings of French and Francophone Studies, and will also be ofinterest to those interested in issues of comparatism as well as colonial and postcolonial culture and identity.

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This book is one of the first studies of twentieth-century travel literature in French, tracking the form from the colonial past to the postcolonial present. Whereas most recent explorations of travel literature have addressed English-language material, Forsdick's study complements these bypresenting a body of material that has previou...

Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool. He was previously a lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.84 inPublished:May 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199258295

ISBN - 13:9780199258291

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PrefaceIntroduction: Exoticism in the Fin de Siecle1. Postcolonial Approaches to Exoticism2. Exoticism and the Decline of Diversity3. New Approaches to 1930s Travel Literature4. Around the World in a 2CV5. Between Unity and Diversity6. Journeying NowPostface: From Cultures of Travel to Travelling Cultures