Introduction: Travelling Pleasure — Reading Pleasure

  • Barbara Korte


People have travelled since time immemorial and for many reasons; accounts of travel — or travelogues1 — have thus been produced in various cultural contexts.2 The present book is intended to provide an introduction to English travel writing, with its main forms and traditions. Even though the travelogue is a genre not easily demarcated, a basic understanding of its characteristic features has evolved over the centuries: accounts of travel depict a journey in its course of events and thus constitute narrative texts (usually composed in prose). They claim — and their readers believe — that the journey recorded actually took place, and that it is presented by the traveller him or herself. Within this basic frame of definition, accounts of travel manifest themselves in a broad formal spectrum, giving expression to a great variety of travel experience.


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