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By Susan L. Roberson

With essays by way of Gloria Anzaldúa, Jean Baudrillard, William Bevis, Homi Bhabha, Michel Butor, Hélène Cixous, Erik Cohen, Michel de Certeau, Wayne Franklin, Paul Fussell, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Caren Kaplan, Eric Leed, Dean MacCannell, Doreen Massey, Carl Pedersen, Gustavo Pérez-Firmat, Mary Louise Pratt, R. Radhakrishnan, Edward W. stated, and Thayer Scudder

Travel, flow, mobility—these are a number of the crucial actions in human lifestyles. even if we commute to overseas lands or simply around the urban, all of us trip, and from our traveling we form ourselves, our historical past, and the tales we tell.

In essays written through one of the most revered modern students, this anthology brings jointly the superior educated convictions approximately shuttle. shuttle, so necessary to human lifestyles, is a fancy topic that contains a number of shuttle experiences—family holiday, political exile, exploration of far away lands, immigration, mundane purchasing journeys. Likewise,...

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And Braidotti speaks of “places of transit that go with traveling: stations and airport lounges, trams, shuttle buses, and check-in areas” as “privileged sites of creation for contemporary artists” because they suggest the transitoriness of identities and boundaries (18–19) that mark the postmodern condition. Moreover, the politics of location and of mobility have informed feminist and gender discussions. Much of the work of feminists has gone towards destabilizing readings of female identity, of arguing for fluidity of identity and the performative quality of gender.

Meaning, definition, identity, and structure, Merleau-Ponty argues are all derived from motility, movement through space. Because as Rockwell Gray says, “… the essence of human life has been wayfaring” (Gray 49), travel is an important metaphor by which we discuss other fundamental activities of life: we speak of our lives as a journey from birth to death and education as the road to knowledge. The journey is the metaphor by which we describe the mind’s workings, our flights of fancy and imaginative adventures, our “Traveling in the unconscious” (Cixous 70).

The New Internationalism,” the third section, considers modern experiences in a globalized world—postcolonial migration, cultural and political diaspora, forced dislocation, and exile. The final section, “The Politics of Relocation,” examines experiences of forced relocation, immigration, and migration within an American context. The logic of the collection, then, is to engage both readers and authors of the collection in a lively discussion that is sure to enrich the separate essays as well as the reader’s understanding of definitions of travel.

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