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dc.contributor.advisorWojciehowski, Hannah Chapelle, 1957-
dc.creatorHyslop, Brianna Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-26T14:55:37Z
dc.date.available2011-07-26T14:55:37Z
dc.date.created2011-05
dc.date.issued2011-07-26
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3361
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dc.description.abstractThe critical attention that has been given to Vita Sackville-West’s travel literature has primarily focused on the relationships between these texts and the novels of Virginia Woolf on account of the intimate relationship that existed between the two writers. I argue in this paper that Sackville-West’s travel accounts are worthy of study in and of themselves. This report explores the ways that the genre of travel literature was changing in the early twentieth century through Vita Sackville-West’s Passenger to Teheran (1926). Critics such as Marie Louise Pratt have noted that eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British travel accounts had been used as a way to transmit technical knowledge of, and authority over, the East. Sackville-West’s text throws this tradition of the genre into question through its focus on the traveler’s subjectivity. Working from Michel de Certeau’s ideas regarding railway travel and incarceration, I want to demonstrate that the traveler’s subjectivity is augmented by her position as a passenger in various modes of mobility. Ultimately I argue that the privileging of imagination and subjectivity over scientific knowledge found in Passenger to Teheran unravels the traditional epistemology of travel writing which positions the traveler as an authority figure on the East, and instead positions Sackville-West as a traveler-aesthete. This shift in the role of the travel writer reveals that while Pratt’s description characterizes some travel writing, Sackville-West’s travel project is more concerned with discovering the creative potential that travel can stimulate in the mind rather than purporting to reveal facts about the outside world.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectSackville-West, Vita
dc.subjectSackville-West, V. (Victoria), 1892-1962
dc.subjectTravel writing
dc.subjectPassenger to Tehran
dc.subject20th century
dc.subjectEnglish literature
dc.subjectWomen authors
dc.titleTravel literature reconsidered : mobility and subjectivity in Passenger to Teheran
dc.date.updated2011-07-26T14:55:41Z
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3361
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.type.genrethesis*
thesis.degree.departmentEnglish
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts


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