What is travel?
To travel is to make a journey in the name of exploration, remaining attentive to both sensory
experience and inward or outward reflection.
What is travel writing?
Travel writing serves as a means of recording thoughts, emotions, and minds
The Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac (Sal Paradise), Allen Ginsberg (Carlo Marx), William
Burroughs, Neal Cassaday (Dean).
Disillusionment with mainstream culture
Pre-hippie movement in the mid to late fifties
Jazz, with accompaniment
Definitely dealing with others exaggerated patiences, hes the one with the cuckoo
A repeated phrase or stanza changes meaning after time.
George Mikes 46
Highly offensive, race and marriage (and interracial marri
Diaries intended to be published
o People would understand him and turn to him in the future
Extremely polished, tightly controlled
Avoided discussing himself
You Are The Camera idea
Not intended to be printed
= November 5, 2012 =
Look at Kessler
Intended to publish, every day from the age of six, only conversed with very important
Existentialism/feminism (both philosophical and literary) with Sartre
There is a striking difference between the
= What I Saw in America =
Chesterton, harder Catholic (same with Waugh disappointment at the social hierarchical decay)
First sentence: travel narrows the mind
Changing from the mystical, fantastical unknown to the known
o Expectations, prejudices, stere
Dickens, as a social writer, one who understood the ideas of mass publication; one of the first to
write about the inherent problems with this modern prison.
American Notes highly despised by the citizens of the United States
o Travel as a means of socia
Fact vs Fiction
(Travel writing parameters: place, time, observation point/P.O.V. (internal/external),
movement/process re: destination, etc.)
There is little that will help define the distinction
The problem is that nonfiction is inevitably tied to fact
Enzensberger: structurally sound theory, but maybe Travel vs- Tourism
We shouldnt travel in this day and age, we wont find the romantic notion we are
Individualism, existentialism: every person is his/her own person that can have intangible
Examined the prison system, somewhat like Dickens
Doesnt write terribly much on specific people, encounters?
The effects of the rise of democracy and the marketplace
Critical examination of the discrepancy between a countrys ideals and