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Travellers' Tales of WonderChatwin, Naipaul, Sebald$
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Simon Cooke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748675463

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675463.001.0001

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Introduction: The Wonder that Came Later

Introduction: The Wonder that Came Later

(p.1) Introduction: The Wonder that Came Later
Travellers' Tales of Wonder

Simon Cooke

Edinburgh University Press

The Introduction outlines ‘travellers’ tales of wonder’ as an area of inquiry, and as a demonstrable presence in contemporary international literature – despite a tendency to regard travel in the period in terms of belatedness, nostalgia, and disenchantment. It provides an introductory assessment of the research fields of studies in travel writing and in wonder, as well as scholarship on the individual writers Chatwin, Naipaul, and Sebald, and presents the approach and structure of the book as one seeking to bring these research fields together, with a more comparative point of view.

Keywords:   Travel writing, Belatedness, Nostalgia, Disenchantment, Wonder, Comparative

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