Routledge, London 1999. Condition: As New.
"Writes of Passage explores the interplay between a system of "othering" which travelers bring to a place, and the "real" geographical difference they discover upon arrival. Exposing the tensions between the imaginary and real, Duncan and Gregory and a team of leading international contributors focus primarily upon travelers from the 18th and 19th Centuries to pin down the imaginary within the context of imperial power. The contributors focus on travel to three main regions: Africa, South Asia, and Europe - wit the European examples being drawn from Britain, France and Greece."
In short, this book represents a lingering emanation from the putrefied corpse of Edward Said, whose disciples, sadly, can still be seen from time to time as they emerge - skin pale and blotched, eyes darting left to right, smirking apologetically - from the danker cellars of our redbrick 'universities'.