This title includes excerpts from over 100 travel writings of Europe, from 16th c. pilgrimage diaries through early specimens of modern tourism accounts to 20th c. impressions from the other side of the Iron Curtain. By focusing on east European travel writings, this work enlarges both the documentary base and the terms of the debate over a rich source for discussions of identities and mentalities; knowledge and power; gender; and, cultural change. The texts - chosen for their relevance, but literary criteria have also been taken into account - illustrate the variety of ways in which east Europeans have written about the West. Each text is introduced with a short passage placing it in context. There is an appendix of all cited authors at the end, with brief notes on lives, writings, etc. The 1st volume of a series, complete with a comparative analysis and a bibliographic guide to travel writings from eastern Europe (also available).
Dr. Wendy Bracewell is Senior Lecturer in History, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
East European Travel Writing: A Guide to Orientation I. Europe in All its Variety (16th-18th centuries) Words for the Traveller Variations: Pilgrims, Emissaries, Scholars and Adventurers II. Voyages of Discovery (18th-mid-19th centuries) On Travel Writing Discoveries in Europe Greeks: from the Latin West to Europe South Slav travellers: Light and darkness, East and West From Moldavia and Wallachia Hungarian reformers From Poland, before and after partition Domopis: Travel at Home Domopis: Slav Travels Variations: Three Women III. On the Tourist Track (mid-19th century-1940s) Tourists and Travel Writing The European Metropolis Exoticism and the Self Domopis: Know your Country Why Keep Writing about Travel? Variations IV. Europe Divided (1945-1989) Tasks of Travel Writing Domopis: Fraternal Travels Cold War Variations V. A Single Europe? (since 1989) Notes for Further Reading