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Introduction Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs 1. Stirrings and searchings (1500-1720) William H. Sherman 2. The Grand Tour and after James Buzard 3. Exploration and travel outside Europe (1720-1914) Roy Bridges 4. Modernism and travel (1880-1940) Helen Carr 5. Travelling to write (1940-2000) Peter Hulme 6. The Middle East/Arabia: 'the cradle of Islam' Billie Melman 7. South America/Amazonia: the forest of marvels Neil L. Whitehead 8. The Pacific/Tahiti: Queen of the south sea isles Rod Edmond 9. Africa/the Congo: the politics of darkness Tim Youngs 10. The Isles/Ireland: the wilder shore Glenn Hooper 11. India/Calcutta: city of palaces and dreadful night Kate Teltscher 12. The west/California: sites of the future Bruce Greenfield 13. Travel writing and gender Susan Bassnett 14. Travel writing and ethnography Joan Pau Rubie;s 15. Travel writing and its theory Mary Baine Campbell Chronology Further reading.