Graulund, Rune (2006) Travelling the desert : desert travel writing as indicator species. Studies in Travel Writing, 10 (2). pp. 141-159.Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Travel writing, like so much else, is allegedly succumbing to a postmodern distrust of 'the real'. Some now find it hard to distinguish it from fiction. This article considers the possibility that desert travel writing in particular has, for a long time, furnished the best evidence for such a claim, nurtured as it is by an almost featureless environment that seems to drive authors towards self-referentiality. If this is so, desert travel writing may be said to anticipate developments in the genre as a whole. However, as the work of Robyn Davidson, Martin Buckley, Jonathan Raban and others suggest, the desert has also played a key role as a place of refuge for those seeking authenticity. Perhaps in this respect, too, the subgenre has something important to tell us about travel writing in general.
|Keywords:||desert, desert traveling, travel writing, Literature (General), Literature and Literary Theory|
|Subjects:||Language and Literature > Literature (General)|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||15 Feb 2012 09:39|
|Last modified:||05 May 2016 00:19|