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Literature of travel and exploration : an encyclopedia / Jennifer Speake, editor.


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New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
  • Book
  • 3 v. (xxxi, 1479 p.) : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
  • Entries include: Afghanistan-- Airplane-- Alexander the Great (356-323 BC)-- Atlantic Ocean: Middle Passage-- Backpacking-- Baker, Samuel White (1821-93)-- Balkans-- Byrd, William (1674-1744)-- Byzantine Empire-- Canals-- Champlain, Samuel de (1567-1635)-- Children's travel writing-- Cook, James (1728-79)-- Diaries-- Dickens, Charles (1812-70)-- East India Company (Dutch)-- Fantasy travel-- France: pre-revolutionary-- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832)-- Golden Fleece, Quest for-- Henry the Navigator voyages-- Hunting and big game expeditions-- Iceland-- Journalists and journalism-- Kashmir-- Landscape and topography-- Melville, Herman (1819-91)-- Mesopotamia-- Military memoirs-- Northwest Frontier-- Pizarro, Francisco (c. 1478-1541)-- Race and ethnicity, issues of-- Royal Geographical Society-- Sahara Desert-- Siberia-- Slave narratives (New World)-- Space travel and exploration-- Timbuktu-- Verne, Jules (1828-1905)-- Vespucci, Amerigo (1451-1512).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Publisher's Summary:
Presenting a broad overview of travel writing, from classical antiquity to the present, Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia offers a multidisciplinary and multicultural guide to this growing area of study. With over 300 contributors from 35 countries, this set represents the global scope and interest in the history of travel writing, providing the first reference resource for this body of literature. Readers will encounter a remarkable diversity of topics and a host of useful reference tools. More than 600 alphabetically arranged entries Over 230 illustrations have been carefully selected to show how travel literature publishers since the Middle Ages have tried to make their books, brochures, leaflets, and guides appealing to readers by using images that reveal the unique historical and cultural perspectives of societies coming into contact with unfamiliar regions and peoples. Travel writing has documented a number of cultural issues throughout history and in our current era of globalization. This definitive work provides the first signposts for navigating this vast field. Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia is a valuable resource for teachers and students of literature, geography, history, and social sciences, as well as any general reader with an interest in this fascinating subject. ALA/RUSA Oustanding Reference Source 2004 Library Journal Best Reference Source 2004.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Speake, Jennifer.

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