The Seduction of Sarah: travel memoirs and intercultural learning

Hanna, Barbara Elizabeth and De Nooy, Juliana (2006) The Seduction of Sarah: travel memoirs and intercultural learning. Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 3 2: 1-17.

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Author Hanna, Barbara Elizabeth
De Nooy, Juliana
Title The Seduction of Sarah: travel memoirs and intercultural learning
Journal name Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1449-2490
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Editor Allatson, Paul
Barclay, Kate
Guo, Yingjie
Pratt, Murray
Vanni, Illaria
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher University of Technology Sydney
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
420308 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
749904 Education across cultures
13 Education
2003 Language Studies
Abstract The paper explores the nexus between intercultural storytelling and intercultural learning. Noting the wide appeal of the travel memoir set in France, it takes as a case study a book that, while positioned within that genre, attempts to shift some predictable patterns: Sarah Turnbull’s best-selling Almost French. Analysis shows that the book in fact participates in a subtle play of genres, whereby the lure of the travel memoir is used to entice readers towards a position where they read the book as a guide to French culture. The particular form of hybridity attempted is, however, a delicate enterprise, as the reception of the book demonstrates, in that the intercultural lessons on offer risk being overshadowed by the expectations readers bring to the genre of the travel memoir. The paper examines the competing seductions operating throughout the text and relates the conditions for taking up the opportunity for intercultural learning to questions of genre. It offers a pedagogical uptake of the textual analysis, thus bridging disciplines in a way that mirrors Turnbull’s bridging of genres
Keyword Memoirs
Textual Analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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