Travellers' Tales of Wonder: Chatwin, Naipaul, Sebald

Synopsis

Exploring travellers' tales of wonder in contemporary literature, this study challenges a sensibility of disenchantment with travel. It reassesses travel writing as an aesthetically and ethically innovative form in contemporary international literature, and demonstrates the crucial role of wonder in the travel narratives of writers such as Bruce Chatwin, V.S. Naipaul, and W.G. Sebald. Their "travellers" tales of wonder' are read as a challenge to the hubris of thinking the world too wellknown, and an invitation to encounter the world - including its most troubling histories - with a sense of wonder.