Indian Travel Narratives

Edited by: Somdatta Mandal

Travel narratives are intimately linked with the construction of identity. Occupying the space between fact and fiction, they expose cultural fault lines and reveal the changing desires and anxieties of both the traveler and the reader. Although travel writing has always attracted a wide readership, it has only recently won significant attention from scholars. This anthology brings out different kinds of travel narratives from India. Divided into five sections, the essays explore the ways in which travel writing has defined, reflected, or constructed the Indian identity. They trace Indian journeys from the 18th century right up to the present times, creating Indian 'selves' and Indian landscapes through affirmation, exclusion, and negation of others. They also examine a wide range of issues, such as 'home' to 'self' and the 'other,' travels to the imperial West during the colonial period, visits to countries of the Far East, pilgrimages undertaken within the country, trips to the Himalayas, and more.


300 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2010
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131603550