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The Anti-Tourist: Jenny Diski's <i>Skating to Antarctica and Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking Around America with Interruptions</i>

Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

in Transatlantic Women's Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624454
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624454.003.0007
The Anti-Tourist: Jenny Diski's Skating to Antarctica and Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking Around America with Interruptions

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This chapter examines Jenny Diski's travel memoirs Skating to Antarctica and Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking around America with Interruptions, suggesting that these works celebrate the dislocating nature of travel and urge one to position oneself as an outsider, peering in (or, turning away). It argues that though Diski offered up a portrait of herself as knowing, she is also a withholding author, who played with the idea of discovery and revelation only to deny the ultimate effectiveness of both.

Keywords: Jenny Diski; Skating to Antarctica; Stranger on Train; travel; discovery; travel memoirs

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Subjects: Literature

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