• Travel Writers and Traveling Writers in Australasia: Responses to Travel Literatures and the Problem of Authenticity

    Author(s):
    Helen Bones (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Australasian/Pacific literature, Travel
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M62J4S
    Abstract:
    This article compares responses to travel writing and imaginative fiction about the settler colonies, in particular Australia and New Zealand, between 1870 and 1945—a time when distinctions between travel, mobility, and emigration were hard to pin down. Very little scholarship has shown an interest in what the subject society’s inhabitants thought of its portrayal, and what this can tell us about colonial and national identities. Australasian responses to works about Australasia, in the form of published reviews, were influenced by the knowledge and particular concerns of the reviewer and their own negotiations with identity. What mattered to readers and critics was the authenticity of the portrayal of the place, but this was not only related to whether the work claimed to be fiction or non-fiction. The perceived level of familiarity that the writer had with the area was the most important factor in determining whether the reception of a work was positive or negative.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/jys.2016.170205
    Journal:
    Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing
    Volume:
    17
    Start Page:
    74
    End Page:
    94
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 weeks ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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