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Thompson, Carl (ed), The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing (London: Routledge, 2015).

As many places around the world confront issues of globalization, migration and postcoloniality, travel writing has become a serious genre of study, reflecting some of the greatest concerns of our time. Encompassing forms as diverse as field journals, investigative reports, guidebooks, memoirs, comic sketches and lyrical reveries; travel writing is now a crucial focus for discussion across many subjects within the humanities and social sciences.

An ideal starting point for beginners, but also offering new perspectives for those familiar with the field, The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing examines:

* Key debates within the field, including postcolonial studies, gender, sexuality and visual culture
* Historical and cultural contexts, tracing the evolution of travel writing across time and over cultures
* Different styles, modes and themes of travel writing, from pilgrimage to tourism
* Imagined geographies, and the relationship between travel writing and the social, ideological and occasionally fictional constructs through which we view the different regions of the world.
* Covering all of the major topics and debates, this is an essential overview of the field, which will also encourage new and exciting directions for study.

Part 1. Key Debates and Critical Approaches

1. Truth, Lies and Travel Writing, Daniel Carey
2. Inner Journeys: Travel Writing as Life Writing, Simon Cooke
3. Travel Writing and Postcolonial Studies, Claire Lindsay
4. Travel Writing and Gender, Dúnlaith Bird
5. Travel Writing and Sexuality: Queering the Genre, Churnjeet Mahn
6. Travel Writing and Ethics, Corinne Fowler
7. Travel and the Body: Corporeality, Speed and Technology, Charles Forsdick
8. Travel Writing and Visual Culture, Margaret Topping
9. Travel Writing: Reception and Readership, Robin Jarvis

Part 2. Historical Overviews

10. Travel Writing in the Ancient Mediterranean, William Hutton
11. Chinese Travel Writing, James M. Hargett
12. Indian Travel Writing, Shobhana Bhattacharji
13. Arabic Travel Writing, to 1916, Nabil Matar
14. Medieval European Travel Writing, Anthony Bale
15. Western Travel Writing, 1450-1750, Matthew Day
16. Western Travel Writing, 1750-1950, Barbara Korte
17. African Travel Writing, Aedín Ní Loingsigh
18. Travel Writing Now, 1950-Present, Carl Thompson

Part 3. Styles, Modes, Themes

19. Pilgrims, Laura Nenzi
20. Discoverers and Explorers, Paul Smethurst
21. Travellers and Tourists, Zoë Kinsley
22. Picturesque Travel: The Aesthetics and Politics of Landscape, Elizabeth A. Bohls
23. Guidebooks, Scott Laderman
24. The Romantic Literary Travel Book, C.W. Thompson
25. Modernist Travel Writing, David Farley
26. Postmodernizing Travel Writing, Manfred Pfister
27. Travel Blogs, Kate Douglas and Kylie Cardell
28. Dark Tourism, Justin D. Edwards
29. Gay Travel Writing: An Unstable Category? Gregory Woods

Part 4 Imagined Geographies

30. Ultima Thule / The North, Graham Huggan
31. Europe, Wendy Bracewell
32. North America / USA, Susan L. Roberson
33. Latin America, Jennifer Heyward
34. The Middle East, Eva Johanna Holmberg
35. India / South Asia, Tabish Khair
36. China, Julia Kuehn
37. Australia, Richard White and Justine Greenwood
38. Sub-Saharan Africa, Laura E. Franey
39. The Polar Regions, Janice Cavell
40. Deserts, Rune Graulund
41. Mountains, Simon Bainbridge
42. The Sea, Steve Mentz

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