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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turned travel-writing scholar analyzes his own work: the thirteen-year-old manuscript of The Ghost Islands, an unpublished travel book about Indonesia.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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Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins

the sixteenth century. Yet the bordering logics epidemiology enabled were soon made imaginatively present in Wales. After reports emerged of high visitor numbers at scenic spots, an online anti-tourism campaign re-worked vintage holiday advertising

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

wittily, an ‘anti-tourism campaign’. Its call was: ‘Don't Visit Wales’. Epidemiology is the theme too of Elżbieta Drążkiewicz's important ethnographic study of scientists charged with producing the statistics through which the COVID-19 pandemic was