Date of Award
Master of Arts
From the early 18th century to the beginning of World War One, travel writers from Western Europe and North America interacted with and sustained a genre of travel writing that imposed legibility and external schemes of order on Central European cities like Prague and Breslau. By simplifying or ignoring complex populations, environments and ongoing processes of change in these cities, Western travel writers collectively created imaginary constructions of Prague and Breslau that diverged from these historical urban spaces in ways that reveal travel writers' prejudices and the ideological scaffolding that underpins travel writing as a genre. This argument makes an important contribution to historians' understanding of the objectivity of travel narratives as source material and to the larger question of the empirical limits outsiders experience when encountering foreign environments.
Robert Patrick Jameson
Jameson, Robert Patrick, "Mapping the mosaic: Travel writers and the construction of urban imaginaries of Prague and Breslau, 1700-1914" (2013). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 13134.