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How travel writing maps the world – The Guardian (blog)

There is a relation of travel writing and geography. Physical movement and covering distance are two vital things that need to be covered in travel writing. It is an interesting thing though because a poet named Bill Collins considers himself a travel writer, but the experience of foreign travel plays almost no role in his work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explorer narratives represent one extreme. It could be argued that the readerly merits of such accounts lie precisely in their authors’ aversion to the literary, that embellishment would detract from the authentic recreation of experience.
  • Billy Collins considers himself a travel writer even though the experience of foreign travel plays almost no part in his work.
  • Most classics of the genre lie between these extremes, with the proportion of experience to imaginative enhancement varying wildly from book to book.

“Billy Collins considers himself a travel writer even though the experience of foreign travel plays almost no part in his work.”

httpss://www.theguardian.com/global/booksblog/2017/feb/02/how-travel-writing-maps-the-world