The Reinvention of Mexico in Contemporary Spanish Travel Writing
To frame the analysis of contemporary travel writing, author Jane Hanley examines key moments in the history of Mexican-Spanish relations, including the origins of narratives regarding Spaniards' sense of Mexico's similarity to and difference from Spain. This history underpins the discussion of the role of Spanish travelers in their encounters with Mexican peoples and places and their reflection on their own role as communicators of cultural meaning and participants in the tourist economy with its impact—both negative and positive—on places.
Chapter 1: The Idea of Mexico: Historical and Touristic Narratives
Chapter 2: Memory, Text, and Expectation
Chapter 3: Violence, Instability, and Danger
Chapter 4: Describing Selves in Worlds
Conclusion: On Writing a Twenty-First-Century Hispanic Transatlantic
"A convincing case for the importance of this 'minor' genre as key for understanding Spain in its transatlantic context. . . . If I did not know these texts under discussion, I would want to read them."
—Lisa Surwillo, author of Monsters by Trade: Slave Traffickers in Spanish Literature and Culture