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Travel and Representation

Edited by Garth Lean, Russell Staiff, and Emma Waterton

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250 pages, 23 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-602-7 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (July 2017)

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“This is a collection of beautifully written chapters coalescing around a set of mutually illuminating themes: the visual, the poetic, imagination, the post-representational, travel, and self/world making. Moving from film to the Internet, from photography to music, and from travel writing and poetry to television commercials, Travel and Representation puts this debate over representation into terms that are amenable to tourism studies and research.” · Jennie Germann Molz, College of the Holy Cross

“This is an innovative collection of chapters that pushes the scope of research at the intersections between travel and representation in new directions by focusing on what representations ‘do’ in constructing the sensory and emotional experiences of travelers.” · Duncan Light, Bournemouth University


Travel and Representation is a timely volume of essays that explores and re-examines the various convergences between literature, art, photography, television, cinema and travel. The essays do so in a way that appreciates the entanglement of representations and travel at a juncture in theoretical work that recognizes the limits of representation, things that lie outside of representation and the continuing power of representation. The emphasis is on the myriad ways travelers/scholars employ representation in their writing/analyses as they re-think the intersections between travelers, fields of representation, imagination, emotions and corporeal experiences in the past, the present and the future.

Garth Lean is a Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University.

Russell Staiff is an adjunct fellow in the critical heritage and tourism program in the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University and an adjunct professorial fellow in the architectural heritage and tourism program at Silpakorn University, Bangkok.

Emma Waterton is an Associate Professor based at Western Sydney University in the Institute for Culture and Society and School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

Subject: General Anthropology Travel & Tourism General Cultural Studies


List of Figures

: Travel and Representation: Past, Present, Future
Russell Staiff, Emma Waterton and Garth Lean

Chapter 1. Repeating Visions: Hitchcock’s Vertigo and San Francisco
Gemma Blackwood

Chapter 2. Curious Images from Northwest China: Ethics and Poetics in Carolyn Drake’s Travel Photography
Darren Byler

Chapter 3. Astronauts and Avatars: Travels between the Physical, the Virtual and the Imagined
Denise Doyle

Chapter 4. Finitude before Finitude: The Case of Rousseau-Bougainville-Diderot
Benoît Dillet

Chapter 5. Bernhard Smith and Imagining the Pacific: The Art/Poetics of ‘Discovery’ and the Art/Poetics of Writing about Early European Travellers in the South Pacific
Russell Staiff

Chaprter 6. Searching for the Spirit of Bluegrass
Cynthia J. Miller

Chapter 7. The Transient Gaze – Perambulist Somnambulist (Sensual, Sonic and Aural Photographic Narratives)
Peter Day

Chapter 8. Snapshot Photography and a Gendered Poetics of the Beach 1900–1920s
Nicolá Goc

Chapter 9. Mediating Mythic Origins and Lived Localities: Connecting and Distancing on Roots/Homeland Tours
Jillian L. Powers

Chapter 10. Road Trip through the Heartland: Television Advertisements and the Australian Domestic Traveller
Christopher Drew


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