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Travellers, Novelists, and Gentlemen

Constructing Male Narrative Personae in British Travel Books, from the Beginnings to the Second World War

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Grzegorz Moroz

Travel writing studies have been focused mostly on women travel writers and on representations of the world and the other. This book adopts a novel perspective which diachronically combines the issues of genre and gender. The author postulates that the genre of the travel book in the British literary tradition was established and developed in the eighteenth century alongside the novel and the autobiography. He cogently presents the developments in earlier non-fictional travel narratives in order to expose both their similarities and fundamental differences from modern travel books. Underlying his research is the conviction that the narrative personae of travel books have always been placed in the foreground because of the key role of sentimental discourse and celebrity culture. This book competently analyses the main trends, techniques and constraints in the process of constructing male narrative personae in British travel books written between 1755 and 1939.

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Acknowledgments................................................................................................. 7 Introduction......................................................................................................... 11 PART ONE ........................................................................................................ 17 Chapter One Travel Books as Objects of Scholarly Interest.................................................... 19 Travel Books and Travel Writing: Generic Issues in Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives ............................................................................19 Travel Books, Travel Writing and Discourses.................................................39 Travel Books, the Diachronic Perspective and Sociology...............................58 Chapter Two The Origins of the British Travel Book .............................................................. 67 Travel Narratives in Ancient Literary Traditions ............................................67 Early Pre-Travelogues .....................................................................................72 Pre-Travelogues and Their Narrative Personae in the Period of Geographical Discoveries and Colonial Expansion ....................................89 Social and Literary Paths to Travel Books in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century ..............................................................................101 Chapter Three Male Narrative Personae of British Travel Books from Henry Fielding to Norman Douglas ........................................................................................... 115 Male Narrative Personae of British Travel Books in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century ..............................................................................115 Towards a Taxonomy of British Romantic and Victorian Travel Books ......137 Narrative Personae of Aesthetic Travel Books in Romantic and Victorian Culture.....................................................................................138 Narrative Personae of Sentimental Travel Books in Romantic and Victorian Literature.................................................................................163 Narrative Personae of Imperialist Travel Books in the Victorian Age.......................................................................................181 10 Contents PART TWO ..................................................................................................... 193 Chapter Four The Narrative Personae of D.H. Lawrence’s Travel Books ............................. 195 Literary Paths to Twilight in Italy ..................................................................195 Sea and Sardinia ............................................................................................207 Mornings in Mexico .......................................................................................218 Etruscan Places .............................................................................................224 Chapter Five The Narrative Personae of Aldous Huxley’s Travel Books.............................. 227 Aldous Huxley on the Road and the Persona of a Belated Grand Tourist.....227 Jesting Pilate and the Persona of a Detached Intellectual .............................245 Beyond the Mexique Bay and the Persona of a Concerned Intellectual.........254 Chapter Six...

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