Review: David Spurr: The rhetoric of empire: Colonial discourse in journalism, travel writing, and imperial administration
David Spurr’s book The Rhetoric of Empire: Colonial discourse in journalism, travel writing, and imperial administration presents some of the rhetorical methods used in non-fictional writing in a colonial context. Spurr unfolds twelve rhetorical methods that he developed by identifying basic tropes used to write about non-Western people in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries.
The book Postcolonial travel writing: critical explorations is a collection of essays about travel writing. The book offers an overview over postcolonial travel writing by taking up different contemporary problems and discussions. The papers ranges from papers about receptions over dicussions about postcolonial travel writing to interviews with contemporary authors.
Thor Heyerdahl was a scientist, an explorer, an author, an environmentalist and global citizen. He went on an adventure when the world thought there were no more adventure left to have. But his image is not as unproblematic as one would expect. The theory behind the Kon-Tiki journey has been controversial since it has been presented.