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Counting Up the Lies

A Self-Reflexive Investigation of Craft and Fictionalization in a Modern Travel Book

Tim Hannigan

Travel writers seldom reveal the degree to which they deploy fictional elements in their notionally nonfictional books, nor do they discuss the precise motivations for and mechanics of fictionalization and fabrication in travel writing. In this article a travel-writing practitioner turned travel-writing scholar analyzes his own work: the thirteen-year-old manuscript of The Ghost Islands, an unpublished travel book about Indonesia. This analysis reveals various patterns of fabrication across what was presented as and intended to be a “true account,” including the craft-driven fabrications necessitated by reordering and amalgamating events, the omissions generated by attempts to overcome belatedness and to express antitouristic sentiments, the fictional elements introduced through the handling of dialogue and translation, and the self-fictionalization impelled by awareness of genre conventions. The article highlights the significance of writerly craft as a key—and largely overlooked—variable in the scholarly analysis of travel-writing texts.

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Imparting Ethno-aesthetic Knowledge in John Hawkesworth’s Report on Cook’s First Voyage to the South Pacific (1768–1771)

Sebastian Kaufmann

from one author (and readership) to another and, in this specific case, undergoes a (partial) process of fictionalization. Between Reconstruction, Fiction, and Knowledge Transfer: Hawkesworth’s Account of the Voyages A reconstruction of the

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New Mobilities, Spaces, and Ideas to Market

European Travel Writers and the Making of a Genre—Comment

Steven D. Spalding

huge success; somehow Hawkesworth’s controversial aesthetic choices were the right ones to sell books. The crux of Kaufmann’s reading lies in the question of narrative voice and authenticity: Hawkesworth’s fictionalization creates a singular narrative

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Ad Fontes Digitales!?

Margins of Representation When Incorporating Medieval Sources into a German Digital History Textbook

Andreas Willershausen

method here involves the personification of silent groups (“stumme Gruppen”) 98 in the form of a coherent digital fictionalization based on scientific knowledge of the Crusaders’ sociohistorical and mentality-historical background (a method it has

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Jesús Tronch

analyse the fictionalization of Hamletism in the novel El diario de Hamlet García [The Diary of Hamlet García] , written by Catalan journalist and writer Paulino Masip (1899–1963) during his exile in Mexico. 3 Hamletism in periodicals The Spanish Second