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Working, travelling, and identity: J.B. Priestley’s English Journey (1934)

Walchester, KA (2021) Working, travelling, and identity: J.B. Priestley’s English Journey (1934). Studies in Travel Writing, 24 (2). pp. 157-169. ISSN 1364-5145

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Abstract

The motivation for travel is central to its form and content. This article addresses an under-represented area of travel writing: the travel text that results from a journey undertaken for work purposes. By considering J. B. Priestley’s English Journey as a case-study, it argues that the text’s critical reception, at first disorientated and confused, and later dominated by historical and political readings, has resulted from Priestley’s emphasis on work rather than leisure. In his text Priestley explores the relationship of work and identity, and his own position as writer and traveller is central to this, symbolised in his preoccupation with the figure of the travelling salesman.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 Literary Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 13 May 2021 12:14
Last Modified: 13 May 2021 12:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13645145.2021.1882073
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14999

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