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Narratives of Cyprus: Modern Travel Writing and Cultural Encounters Since Lawrence Durrell

Narratives of Cyprus: Modern Travel Writing and Cultural Encounters Since Lawrence Durrell
Jim Bowman

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Unease has marked relations between modern travel writers and the people of Cyprus. Visitors like Lawrence Durrell, Colin Thubron, Christopher Hitchens and Sebastian Junger have registered the effects of political strife on both the people of the island and those who visit from abroad. Their accounts demonstrate how geopolitical realities--such as colonization, insurgency, inter-communal warfare, and now decades of militarized 'peace'--shape the narrating self and its relations to others. Here, Jim Bowman assesses the effects of Cypriot history on writings about the island through an analysis of memoirs, travelogues, political journalism, guide books and ethnographies. Through this examination of popular texts, Bowman shows how a western and politicized image of Cyprus has been created, increasingly divorced from the realities experienced by the local population. Narratives of Cyprus is an important reassessment of Cyprus' place in British culture, and will be of interest to scholars and students of Anthropology, English Literature and Ethnographic Studies.

Author Info

Jim Bowman is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He co-edited the travel writing anthology Encounters with the Middle East and researches and teaches about writing, rhetoric and the politics and cultures of Middle Eastern societies.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Tauris Academic Studies
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.

Hardback
ISBN: 9781848859180
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2014
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 10 integrated bw illustrations

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