Travel and Travellers from Bede to Dampier
Editor: Geraldine Barnes with Gabrielle Singleton
Date Of Publication: Sep 2008
The essays in this collection -- a selection of papers presented at the University of Sydney Centre for Medieval Studies workshop, ‘Travel and Cartography from Bede to the Enlightenment’ (August 22-23, 2001) – track a variety of travel narratives from the eighth century to the eighteenth. Their voyages, which extend from from the literal to the spiritual, the political, and the artistic, show how the concept of narrative mapping has changed over time, and how it encompasses cosmogony, geography, chorography, topography, and inventory. Each essay is concerned in some way with the application of the medieval geographical imagination, or with the enduring influence of that imagination upon post-medieval travel and discovery writing.
This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate university students and to a broad range of academics across the disciplines of literature and history. It will be of particular interest to medievalists and scholars of the early modern period and to readers of, the new (1997) scholarly journal, Studies in Travel Writing.
The volume will also appeal to a more general, informed readership interested in the history of travel and the history of ideas, early contact with indigenous people, and encounters between East and West.
Geraldine Barnes is Head of the School of Letters, Art, and Media at the University of Sydney and is on the board of the University's Centre for Medieval Studies. She is the author of Viking America: The First Millennium(D.S. Brewer: Cambridge, 2001), Counsel and Strategy in Middle English Romance (D.S. Brewer: Cambridge, 1993), many articles on Middle English and Old Norse romance, and essays on the writings of William Dampier. Her current project is a study of travel and geography in Icelandic romance.
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