Writing the End: Wilfred Thesiger, Freya Stark and the ‘Arabist tradition’

Cocking, Ben (2007) Writing the End: Wilfred Thesiger, Freya Stark and the ‘Arabist tradition’. Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 8 (1-2). pp. 57-76. ISSN 1465-2609. (doi:10.3167/jys.2007.081204)

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Abstract

Freya Stark’s The Southern Gates of Arabia (1936) and Wilfred Thesiger’s Arabian Sands (1959) are commonly viewed as representing the last of the ‘Arabist tradition’. Consequently, The Southern Gates of Arabia and Arabian Sands provide an opportunity to examine the Arabist tradition at a genealogical point of transition. Taking as its starting point the representational strategies deployed in each book, this paper will examine the extent to which these strategies are characteristic of Arabist travel writing and consider how Stark and Thesiger might be located in the context of the tradition’s demise. Keywords: Arabist tradition, travel writing, Freya Stark, Wilfred Thesiger, Orientalism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3167/jys.2007.081204
Uncontrolled keywords: Arabist tradition, travel writing, Freya Stark, Wilfred Thesiger, Orientalism.
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Ben Cocking
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 14:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56727 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cocking, Ben: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1247-791X
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