Books and Travel
Inspiration, Quests and Transformation
Author: Jennifer Laing, Warwick Frost
- Paperback - 224 pages
- 20 Jul 2012
- Channel View Publications
- 210 x 148 (A5)
The role of books in framing travel imaginings is an important social and cultural phenomenon. This book explores how reading books influences the way in which we understand travel and the tourist experience. It covers a variety of genres of books, from childrenís books and historical fiction, to westerns, science fiction and crime fiction.
I have read this book with great pleasure. Laing and Frost make a valuable contribution to a fascinating, fast-growing research domain. Based on a textual analysis of a wide range of literary genres, they show how literature – more than any other medium – stimulates the imagination and creates wanderlust among its readers. I can recommend this work to all scholars interested in the relationship between literature and travel.
Stijn Reijnders, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
An enjoyable, broad (though structured) sweep across the spectrum of literary genres, this volume is a welcomed, quirky exploration of 'books and travel'- one that instils in the interested reader the desire to (re)visit many of the classic novels and accounts covered here. And to do so from a more insightful, reflective perspective.
Brian Wheeller, Visiting Professor, NHTV Breda, The Netherlands
An interesting gallop through the analogues of literature and tourism, with a chapter on the connections, proposed by theorists, between structural analysis of literary texts and travel narratives, followed by thumbnail synopses of 100+ works of fiction exemplifying them. A useful quick fix for non-readers of fiction, and those less familiar with more canonical works on literary/travel theory.
Tony Seaton, University of Limerick, Ireland
Books and travel: inspiration, quests, and transformation is an excellent addition to the tourism literature.
Young-joo Ahn, Clemson University, USA
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.
Justin M. Taillon, University of Guelph, Canada in Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
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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