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Mobility at LargeGlobalization, Textuality and Innovative Travel Writing$
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Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318214

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317736

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Amitav Ghosh and Caryl Phillips: Global Travel, Then and Now

Amitav Ghosh and Caryl Phillips: Global Travel, Then and Now

(p.49) Chapter Two Amitav Ghosh and Caryl Phillips: Global Travel, Then and Now
Mobility at Large
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This chapter examines travel texts that reverse or challenge the Eurocentric conventions of the genre: In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh and The Atlantic Sound by Caryl Phillips. It explains that Ghosh's text situates Europe on a level playing field with Africa, Asia and the America while Phillips illustrate the falsity of a fixed notion of a centre (Europe) from which all else springs. This chapter suggests that both texts present a unique set of textual strategies that avoid the problematic pitfalls of linearity, authenticity and belatedness and both authors challenged those who claim that travel practice is dead or dying, late or inauthentic.

Keywords:   travel texts, Eurocentric conventions, In an Antique Land, Amitav Ghosh, The Atlantic Sound, Caryl Phillips, textual strategies, travel practice

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