The Genre of Travelogues Comparison Essay by Quality Writers

The Genre of Travelogues
This paper discuses the genre of travelogues by comparing Caryl Phillips' "The European Tribe" and Karen Connolly's "Touch the Dragon - a Thai Journal".
# 102276 | 3,470 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 21, 2008 in English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Tourism (General)

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This paper states that Caryl Phillips' "The European Tribe" and Karen Connolly's "Touch the Dragon - a Thai Journal" are two very different types of 20th century travelogues. The author points out that Caryl Phillips' book is definitely superior in its attention to history and context because the author kept searching, reflecting and reporting on what he noticed in his travels in Europe. The paper concludes that Connolly's work is immature, has little to report of Thailand as a greater phenomenon but has much to account about the teenage, feminist impressions of Karen Connolly herself. The paper relates that "Touch the Dragon" does serve a growing market for travelogues produced by young people for youths who typically wish to travel as a guaranteed source of self development.

Table of Contents:
Caryl Phillips and "The European Tribe"
Karen Connolly, "Touch the Dragon - a Thai Journal"
Travel as Source of Identity
Concluding Remarks

From the Paper:

"She is gradually introduced to Thai etiquette, which she confesses to sometimes resenting, as in the need for great politeness or just not pointing with one's foot. The reader does wonder how some Thai people with whom she came in contact thought of their visitor. Again, there is the sense of a book not written by the best caliber of Canadian, but by a person of a certain age used to self-promotion to think that her impressions should be taken seriously or as significant, as a very unattractive feature of this book."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ashcroft, W.D. "Intersecting Marginalities - Post-Colonialism and Feminism." Kunapipi. 11. (1989): 23-35.
  • Connolly, Karen. Touch the Dragon - a Thai Journal. Winnipeg: Turnstone, 1993.
  • Gmelch, G. "Crossing Cultures - Student Travel and Personal Development." International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 21. (1997): 475-490.
  • Government of Thailand. Thai Etiquette. Bangkok: Office of the National Culture Commission, 1991.
  • Hughes, Philip J. Thai Culture, Values and Religion - an Annotated Bibliography of English Language Materials. Chiang Mai: Manuscripts Division - Payap College, 1982.

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