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Three Exotic Views of Southeast Asia : The Travel Narratives of Isabella Bird, Max Dauthendey, and AI Wu, 1850-1930 - Maria Noelle Ng

Three Exotic Views of Southeast Asia

The Travel Narratives of Isabella Bird, Max Dauthendey, and AI Wu, 1850-1930

Paperback Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9781788690638
Number Of Pages: 228

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This critical study of three intrepid travelers to Southeast Asia--Bird (1831-1904), Dauthendey (1867-1918), Wu (1904-1992)--combines detailed analysis of travel literature with carefully researched historical background and argues that any travel narrative is inevitably a product of the traveler's own cultural and social background. Thus travel narrative is never an objective account--the reader must take into consideration the traveler's own history. By juxtaposing the views of a Chinese with those of two Western travelers, this book shows that prejudice and racism can exist in both the West and the East.

In choosing a Victorian traveler, a German poet, and a Chinese writer, Ng's study encompasses a geographical area that includes Britain, Germany, China, as well as Southeast Asia and an historical span from the Victorian era to the twentieth century. Three Exotic Views of Southeast Asia is theoretically informed by postcolonial and poststructural criticism. But it also details particular historical contexts, thus evoking the glamour and magic of traveling in a bygone era.

Apart from an examination of a broad range of literature by, among many others, Henry Mayhew, Somerset Maugham, Thomas Mann, and Ba Jin, this groundbreaking study also discusses architecture, fine arts, philanthropic culture, and the rise of mass tourism. Original translations from the German and the Chinese are by the author.

ISBN: 9781788690638
ISBN-10: 178869063X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Eastbridge Books
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.31

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