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Writing Travel, Making Genre

Naghmeh Sohrabi

in Taken for Wonder

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199829705
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933341 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829705.003.0001
Writing Travel, Making Genre

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This chapter lays out the proposed theoretical framework for the book. It begins by evaluating the role of travelogues about Europe in Qajar historiography and suggests that a different interpretation of these texts can be reached by questioning the assumption that traveling equalled travel writing, that the genre of travelogues remained constant over the century, and that travel provided the primary site of observing and writing about Europe. This means a shift from a vertical reading of texts throughout the nineteenth century to a horizontal one that focuses on connections between travelogues and other texts of their time.

Keywords: Qajar historiography; travel writing; literary genres; persianate; constitutional revolution

Chapter.  7228 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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