Anno: 2007
Rilegatura: Hardback
Pagine: 128 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 216 x 135 mm
  • EAN: 9780746310458
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These are the readings of Chatwin's work which deals with issues such as fiction, nomadism and the reception of Chatwin as a cult figure, whilst seeing his writing as thematically coherent. Drawing on recent criticism, the approach of this study is to question some of the assumptions about travel writing, and to see the thematic coherence in Chatwin's work. Chapters deal with the way in which Chatwin's literary influences, such as Flaubert, combine with his background and training in art and archaeology appear as triumphant display throughout his work, including fiction, journalism and travel writing. From his early success with the innovative "In Patagonia", to the best seller "The Songlines" and onto the posthumous publications, chapters deal with ideas of travel, nomadism, collecting and the development of Chatwin's style and subject matter. The study also discusses the role of the Chatwin persona in his reception of his work, and the use of 'Bruce', the first person narrator which underlines the Chatwin myth. Finally, the book addresses Chatwin studies for the future and looks at the impact which the imminent release of his famous moleskin notebooks will have. This work is aimed at: students of literature in schools and in higher education; teachers of literature; scholars valuing the extensive and up-to-date bibliography; and schools, academic and public libraries. Engaging study takes into account recent critical debate and biography. It contextualises Chatwin in relation to debates on Globalisation and tourism. Study is thorough and coherently structured. It is a great introduction for Chatwin readers.