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In Transit

Travel, Text, Empire


Helen Gilbert and Anna Johnston

The essays gathered in In Transit focus on issues arising from the historical nexus between travel and imperialism. Contributors investigate the ways in which specific imperial projects were inextricably linked to developments in travel technologies and practices. At the same time, this collection reveals that imperial fantasies of exploration and conquest, whether actualized or not, irrevocably shaped the formulation of travel as a category of modern experience, as a rite/right of passage, and as a type of embodied knowledge. This dynamic, reciprocal relationship between imperialism and travel is examined in relation to written and pictorial documents produced at different historical moments and across a broad range of geographical locations, including India, Borneo, the Caribbean, South Africa, Australia, Britain, Polynesia, and Papua New Guinea.
Contents: Helen Gilbert/Anna Johnston: Introduction – Lisa O’Connell: Scotland 1800: a Tourist’s Matrimonial Guide – Claudia Brandenstein: «Making ‘the agreeable’ to the big wigs»: Lady Nugent’s Grand Tour of Duty in Jamaica, 1801-1805 – Anna Johnston: «Tahiti, ‘the desire of our eyes’»: Missionary Travel Narratives and Imperial Surveillance – Leigh Dale: Imperial Traveler, Colonial Observer: Humanity and Difference in Five Years in Kaffirland – Jo Robertson: Anxieties of Imperial Decay: Three Journeys in India – Helen Tiffin: Pleasant Companions: Nineteenth-century Travel Writing and the Head-hunters of Borneo – Robert Clarke: Australia’s Sublime Desert: John McDouall Stuart and Bruce Chatwin – Hsu-Ming Teo: Femininity, Modernity, and Colonial Discourse – Robert Dixon: Frank Hurley’s Pearls and Savages: Travel, Representation, and Colonial Governance – Libby Macdonald: Prime Directives: Travel in Star Trek and the South Seas Tale – Gillian Whitlock: Instant Infamy: A Short History of Broometime – Helen Gilbert: Belated Travel: Ecotourism as a Style of Travel Performance.