Books and Travel
Inspiration, Quests and Transformation
Author: Jennifer Laing, Warwick Frost
- Paperback - 224 pages
- 20 Jul 2012
- Channel View Publications
- 210 x 148
The books that we read, whether travel-focused or not, may influence the way in which we understand the process or experience of travel. This multidisciplinary work provides a critical analysis of the inspirational and transformational role that books play in travel imaginings. Does reading a book encourage us to think of travel as exotic, adventurous, transformative, dangerous or educative? Do different genres of books influence a reader's view of travel in multifarious ways? These questions are explored through a literary analysis of an eclectic selection of books spanning the period from the eighteenth century to the present day. Genres covered include historical fiction, children's books, westerns, science-fiction and crime fiction.
I am fond of this book being used by researchers in the field of tourism for three primary reasons: the literature review is well done and exemplifies the most outstanding research in the field, the text is accessible for Master's students and those who are new to the field of tourism as well as new to this line of inquiry (narratives stemming from film and books in pop culture), and the book serves as more than a re-hashing of others' ideas and offers new insights within the field.
- Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
- Justin M. Taillon, University of Guelph, Canada
This book is a welcome addition to the tourism canon because it clearly illustrates how travel is depicted in literature and speculates as to
what the implication of those depictions might be. The authors also contribute a new dimension to the ongoing discussion of whether travel is, in fact, a transformative endeavor by illustrating that it is portrayed as such in most works of literature. This notion and their examination of the literature thus leave us to ponder whether literature actually raises a touristâ€™s expectations past the point of reality, therefore remaining perpetually unsatisfied. Thus, I recommend this book for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how travel expectationsÂ or tourist motivations are formed, how sense of place is constructed, the relationship between travel and the imagination, or how travel in general or heritage tourism in particular is influenced by both books and literature.
- Tourism Analysis, Vol. 19, pp. 257â€“260
- Alana N. Seaman, Clemson University, USA
Jennifer Laing is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events at Monash University and Warwick Frost is an Associate Professor in Tourism and coordinator of the Events programs at La Trobe University. Their joint research interests include heritage, events, travel narratives, and the interaction between media, popular culture and tourism. They are co-convenors of the biennial International Tourism and Media Conferences.
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