Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society
Edited by Patrick Crowley, Noreen Humble and Silvia Ross
National and cultural identity
Legenda: Oxford, 2011
Across time the Mediterranean has been a zone of variable intensities, alliances and tensions: it is where the continents of Europe, Africa and Asia meet, it is where North faces South in an asymmetrical relationship. Its histories—of Greece and Rome, of Christianity and Islam, of modernity and tradition—have evolved through exploration, trade, pilgrimage, imperial expansion, imaginings, vacation and migration. Travellers to this compelling region have recorded their journeys and their encounters with the Other in a variety of modes that have also revealed as much about themselves. Written by leading scholars in the field, this collection analyzes the notion of travel writing as a genre, while tracing significant examples of Mediterranean travel writing that return us to Ancient Greece, to Medieval pilgrimages, to Venetians’ diplomatic missions, to an Egyptian’s account of Paris in the nineteenth century, to French artistic journeys in North Africa and to contemporary narratives of privileged resettlement, death, and dislocation.
Patrick Crowley teaches French and Francophone literature at University College Cork. Noreen Humble teaches Classics at the University of Calgary. Silvia Ross teaches Italian Literature at University College Cork.
With the contributions:
Patrick Crowley, Noreen Humble, Silvia Ross — Introduction: The Mediterranean Turn