Thursday, January 27, 2011

Notable E-Book: Extreme Pursuits: Travel/Writing in an Age of Globalization

Travel writing is often viewed as a form of entertainment. But it also illuminates our attitudes about "foreign" places and peoples. From a historiographical viewpoint, reading 19th century travel writing by well-to-do ladies and gentleman from England and the U.S., for example, is a real eye-opener. It tells us much more about the racial, ethnic and class attitudes of the genteel writer than it ever could about the citizenry of the visited locale.

How is travel writing changing? Graham Huggan tries to shed light on this through his new--the copyright date is actually 2012!?-- book from the University of Michigan Press, available at Sawyer Library as an ebrary eBook.

The publisher (see their page here) says that "Extreme Pursuits is the first study of its kind to link travel writing explicitly with structural changes in the global tourist industry. The book makes clear that travel writing can no longer take refuge in the classic distinctions (traveler versus tourist, foreigner versus native) on which it previously depended. Such distinctions—which were dubious in the first place—no longer make sense in an increasingly globalized world."

Frankly, I can't promise how "notable" this book really is, but I am citing it to highlight the fact that we get an infusion of new eBooks every month in our ebrary database. You can find them all in the online catalog (OPAC), as well as in the latest feeds in our New Books LibGuide (there's even a separate tabbed page just for eBooks). The handy thing is that ebrary titles are available 24/7 from wherever you have an internet connection. So, you don't always have to slog through the snow to find a few books on a subject. (Although we are always happy to see you!)

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