The Lives and Strange Surprising Adventures of Classic and Contemporary Travellers in Fiction in English

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Abstract

"I thought we were already overstocked with books of travels," Gulliver replies when asked to write down his extraordinary experiences as a traveller in Jonathan Swift's 1726 fictional travel journal. From the birth of the novel three centuries ago, with the publication of The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719) by Daniel Defoe, travellers and migrants have been leaving their footprints in novels written in English. Taking as its point of departure a postcolonial appraisal of the literary treatment of the figure of the traveller throughout the history of fiction in English, and in particular in rewritings of Robinson Crusoe, this article offers a comparative analysis of the literary explorations of the asylum seeker presented by black British novelists Abdulrazak Gurnah and Caryl Phillips at the dawn of the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnglistentag 2008 Tübingen Proceedings
EditorsLars Eckstein, Christoph Reinfandt
PublisherWissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier
Pages267-278
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-3-86821-179-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Bibliographical note

Lars Eckstein & Christoph Reinfandt

Keywords

  • asylum seeker
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • postcolonial literature
  • Abdulrazak Gurnah
  • By the Sea
  • Caryl Phillips
  • A Distant Shore

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