Interview with Robyn Davidson

YOUNGS, T., 2005. Interview with Robyn Davidson. Studies in Travel Writing, 9 (1), pp. 21-36. ISSN 1364-5145

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Abstract

In an interview with Tim Youngs, conducted on 8 July 2004, Robyn Davidson discusses her relationship to Australia and her peripatetic existence, which she compares with the movement of traditional nomads. Refusing an easy identification with them, she nevertheless admits having a romantic feeling for their lifeways. Modern forms of post-industrial rootlessness, she acknowledges, are not the same as ancient forms of nomadism, which are disappearing with globalisation, a process whose effects she plans to represent in a series of films. Reflecting on her travel books, Tracks and Desert Places, Davidson talks of how they are artefacts and their narrators creations. The construction of a persona affords her a welcome anonymity. Writing about a journey is to relive it but also creates a distance between the event and the writing. Davidson likens travel writing to the novel and she considers some of the characteristics of women's writing. Finally, developing some comments made in her introduction to the Picador Book of Journeys, Davidson talks about the future of travel writing.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Studies in Travel Writing
Creators: Youngs, T.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (White Horse Press)
Place of Publication: Isle of Harris
Date: 2005
Volume: 9
Number: 1
ISSN: 1364-5145
Rights: © Taylor & Francis (White Horse Press)
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:13
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9679

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