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Literary linguistics: Open Access research in English language

Strathprints makes available Open Access scholarly outputs by English Studies at Strathclyde. Particular research specialisms include literary linguistics, the study of literary texts using techniques drawn from linguistics and cognitive science.

The team also demonstrates research expertise in Renaissance studies, researching Renaissance literature, the history of ideas and language and cultural history. English hosts the Centre for Literature, Culture & Place which explores literature and its relationships with geography, space, landscape, travel, architecture, and the environment.

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Travelling the desert : desert travel writing as indicator species

Graulund, Rune (2006) Travelling the desert : desert travel writing as indicator species. Studies in Travel Writing, 10 (2). pp. 141-159.

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Abstract

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.