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      Ilan Stavans
    
      Joshua Ellison

Reclaiming Travel

; Joshua Ellison

«“Skewering Disneyfied shantytown experiences in South Africa and cruise ships docking in hurricane-ravaged Haiti, Stavans and Ellison argue that tourism is a way to escape oneself while remaining oblivious to the surrounding world. Travel is, or should be, they say, a way to find one's truest self by navigating the challenges of the unknown. A thoughtful examination of how we got here but an incomplete reclamation of a grander vision of travel, this title is a gently academic introduction to the topic for a general audience.” »

, Library Journal
Based on a controversial opinion piece originally published in the New York Times, Reclaiming Travel is a provocative meditation on the meaning of travel from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Les mer
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Based on a controversial opinion piece originally published in the New York Times, Reclaiming Travel is a provocative meditation on the meaning of travel from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Ilan Stavans and Joshua Ellison seek to understand why we travel and what has come to be missing from our contemporary understanding of travel. Engaging with canonical and contemporary texts, they explore the differences between travel and tourism, the relationship between travel and memory, the genre of travel writing, and the power of mapmaking, Stavans and Ellison call for a rethinking of the art of travel, which they define as a transformative quest that gives us deeper access to ourselves.

Tourism, Stavans and Ellison argue, is inauthentic, choreographed, sterile, shallow, and rooted in colonialism. They critique theme parks and kitsch tourism, such as the shantytown hotels in South Africa where guests stay in shacks made of corrugated metal and cardboard yet have plenty of food, water and space. Tourists, they assert, are merely content with escapism, thrill seeking, or obsessively snapping photographs. Resisting simple moralizing, the authors also remind us that people don't divide neatly into crude categories like travelers and tourists. They provoke us to reflect on the opportunities and perils in our own habits.

In this powerful manifesto, Stavans and Ellison argue that travel should be an art through which our restlessness finds expression-a search for meaning not only in our own lives but also in the lives of others. It is not about the destination; rather, travel is about loss, disorientation, and discovering our place in the universe.
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Forlag: Duke University Press
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 168
ISBN: 9780822358695
Format: 22 x 14 cm
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«“Skewering Disneyfied shantytown experiences in South Africa and cruise ships docking in hurricane-ravaged Haiti, Stavans and Ellison argue that tourism is a way to escape oneself while remaining oblivious to the surrounding world. Travel is, or should be, they say, a way to find one's truest self by navigating the challenges of the unknown. A thoughtful examination of how we got here but an incomplete reclamation of a grander vision of travel, this title is a gently academic introduction to the topic for a general audience.” »

, Library Journal

«“The best thing about this smart book, which does a fantastic job of pointing out that the historical precedents established by travelers years ago have carried forward into the present age; that the seeing the world through the lens of a camera is a problematic issue; that cultures that overvalue long work weeks have a tendency to turn leisure time abroad into time to continue working, just in different countries.”»

, Card Catalogue blog

«“<i>Reclaiming Travel </i>emphasizes the fantasy and reality of travel over the centuries. Readers can explore the allure of travel, and discover why many of us are always packing a bag, eager to go somewhere, anywhere, several times a year for the pleasure of being away from home. . . . Bouncing freely from modern travel issues and fascinating historical comparisons, <i>Reclaiming Travel</i> offers a look at international literature by some of the best known writers.”»

, Blogcritics

«[A] highly original reflection on travel, ism and the making of meaning the twenty-first century.»

, Tourism Planning & Development

«“In <i>Reclaiming Travel</i>, rather than draw on personal adventures to share their ideas, Stavans and Ellison offer stories from literature, including Homer's Odyssey and Jamaica Kincaid's Small Island. This helps make their book accessible to any audience because, while it's difficult to experience another person's vacation, these clear, well-written narratives resonate.”»

, Shelf Awareness

«Throughout <i>Reclaiming Travel</i>, the authors deftly make connections between present-day mass mobility and subjects as diverse as self-transformation, map use, globalization, work, photography, and (in)authenticity....  Stavans and Ellison also explore unanticipated relationships such as those that connect travel and tourism with exile and nationalism.... In <i>Reclaiming Travel</i>, Stavans and Ellison offer a provocative and far-reaching exploration of mobility."<br />  <br />  »

, American Quarterly

«“<i>Reclaiming Travel</i> is not so much a guidebook on how to take a vacation or go on holiday, but rather an intellectual journey about what we may have lost and why we would benefit from searching for different ways of relating to work and leisure. By reflecting on what travel has meant from ancient times to the 21st century, Stavans and Ellison offer encouragement (“an invitation to take risks”) to explore and channel our own innate restlessness and curiosity.”»

, Book Talk . . . A Conversation
Introduction. Restlessness 1

Part I. Why We Travel

1. The Motion of Myth 9

2. Inward Voyage 23

3. The Endless Atlas 37

4. The Cosmos and the City 57

Part II. How We Travel

5. The Serious Business of Leisure 77

6. Transported 91

7. Traveling Outside the Frame 109

8. The Industry of Fake Experience 121

Epilogue. Home is Where 139

Acknowledgments 147

Index 149
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author, editor and translator of numerous books, including Thirteen Ways of Looking at Latino Art and Mutual Impressions: Writers of the Americas Reading One Another, both also published by Duke University Press. Stavans' television series for PBS, Conversations with Ilan Stavans, was nominated for three Emmy awards, and his writing has appeared in, and his writing has appeared in publications including the Washington Post, Newsweek, the Village Voice, the Nation, Salon, and the New York Times.

Joshua Ellison is Executive Editor of Restless Books and the founding editor of Habitus, a journal of international Jewish literature. His work has appeared in the New York Times and on National Public Radio.