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The Modernist Traveler: French Detours, 1900-1930 (review)

The Modernist Traveler: French Detours, 1900-1930 (review) 116 / French Forum/Fall 2004/Vol. 29, No. 3 Kimberley J. Healey. The Modernist Traveler: French Detours, 1900­ 1930. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. 175 pp. Kimberley Healey's eloquently titled The Modernist Traveler: French Detours 1900­1930, in the reflection it invites on early-twentiethcentury travel narratives, probes a crucial episode in the evolution of French travel writing: for here are writers traveling (and writing) after the high point of nineteenth-century "exotic" literature but before the epistemic shift in representations of foreignness initiated by French ethnology a few years later. Indeed, this study turns the critical lens on a largely under-studied body of writings, featuring the works of Victor Segalen, Paul Morand, Paul Nizan, Blaise Cendrars, as well as those of less well-known writers such as Isabelle Eberhardt, Albert Londres, and Ernest Psichari. Through these the book sketches out, if somewhat allusively in places, a productive site through which dépaysement as a motif and a structure (psychological, temporal, spatial, metaphysical) was imported into French literature in the early years of the century. The thematic concern with displacement and otherness, along with certain other preoccupations discerned in these writings (anxiety regarding the place of the self in the world, a privileging http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

The Modernist Traveler: French Detours, 1900-1930 (review)

French Forum , Volume 29 (3) – Feb 3, 2004

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116 / French Forum/Fall 2004/Vol. 29, No. 3 Kimberley J. Healey. The Modernist Traveler: French Detours, 1900­ 1930. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. 175 pp. Kimberley Healey's eloquently titled The Modernist Traveler: French Detours 1900­1930, in the reflection it invites on early-twentiethcentury travel narratives, probes a crucial episode in the evolution of French travel writing: for here are writers traveling (and writing) after the high point of nineteenth-century "exotic" literature but before the epistemic shift in representations of foreignness initiated by French ethnology a few years later. Indeed, this study turns the critical lens on a largely under-studied body of writings, featuring the works of Victor Segalen, Paul Morand, Paul Nizan, Blaise Cendrars, as well as those of less well-known writers such as Isabelle Eberhardt, Albert Londres, and Ernest Psichari. Through these the book sketches out, if somewhat allusively in places, a productive site through which dépaysement as a motif and a structure (psychological, temporal, spatial, metaphysical) was imported into French literature in the early years of the century. The thematic concern with displacement and otherness, along with certain other preoccupations discerned in these writings (anxiety regarding the place of the self in the world, a privileging

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Published: Feb 3, 2004

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