Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An interdisciplinary approach to the American travelogue: A brief look at the American South during the Civil Rights movement
by Sangster, Justin Greer, M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2013, 85; 1541777
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the interdisciplinary nature of travel writing. By focusing on American nonfiction travel writing, this study examines the historical quality of such texts. The validity of narrative nonfiction as a historical tool is addressed. Examples from John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley and William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways , examples are given to show the historical value and social commentary associated with such literature. Specifically, can a reader formulate any historical insight of the region in America known as 'The South' by reading two famous American travelogues? The answer is yes. With cautious consideration, a reader can use travel writing, American travelogues for the sake of this thesis, as a useful resource for insight into American history and culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cox, Earnest
Commitee: Drummond, Andrew, Hunter, Angela, Pellicane, Patrick, Stricklin, David
School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Department: Philosophy and Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- Arkansas
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, American literature, Rhetoric
Keywords: Blue Highways, Civil Rights, Heat-Moon, William Least, Steinbeck, John, Travels with Charley
Publication Number: 1541777
ISBN: 9781303249822
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