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Writing domestic travel in Yoruba and English print culture, southwestern Nigeria, 1914-2014

Jones, Rebecca Katherine (2014)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Travel writing criticism has sometimes suggested that little travel writing has been produced by Africans. This thesis shows that this is not the case, through a literary study of
writing about travel published in Yoruba-speaking southwestern Nigeria between 1914 and 2014. This is a study of writing about domestic travel – Nigerians travelling within Nigeria – and of both Yoruba- and English-language texts. It is both a study of conventional ‘travel writing’ such as first-person travelogues, and of the motif of travel in writing more broadly: it encompasses serialised newspaper columns, historical writing, novels, autobiography, book-length travelogues and online writing. As well as close readings, this study draws on archival research and an in-depth interview with travel writer Pelu Awofeso.

This is not an exhaustive study but rather a series of case studies, placed in their historical context. I examine southwestern Nigerian writers’ re resentations of laces within Nigeria and changing communal identities: local, translocal, regional and national. I explore their ideas about the benefits of travel and travel writing, knowledge and cosmopolitanism. I argue that we can read these texts as products of a local print culture, addressed to local
readers, as well as in relation to the broader travel writing tradition.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Barber, Karin and Brown, Stewart
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of African Studies and Anthropology
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Embargoed till 31/12/2019

Subjects:DT Africa
PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:5249
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