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By Corinne Fowler
Chasing Tales is the 1st specific learn of journalism, shuttle writing and the heritage of British rules approximately Afghanistan. It bargains a well timed research of the notional Afghanistan(s) that experience prevailed within the renowned British mind's eye. Casting its internet deep into the 19th century, the learn investigates the country's mythologisation via scrutinising shuttle narratives, literary fiction and British information media assurance of the new clash in Afghanistan. This hugely topical booklet explores the legacy of nineteenth-century paranoias and prejudices to modern travelers and reporters and seeks to give an explanation for why Afghans stay depicted as medieval, murderous, warlike and unruly. Its name, Chasing Tales, conveys the flow, and certainly the circularity, of principles quite often present in British go back and forth writing and journalism. The 'tales' part stresses the pivotal function performed by means of fictionalised resources, specifically the writing of Rudyard Kipling, in perpetuating worrying nineteenth-century thoughts of Afghan-British come upon. the subject material is compelling and its foci of curiosity profoundly correct either to present political debates and to scholarly enquiry in regards to the ethics of trip.
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Extra resources for Chasing Tales: Travel Writing, Journalism and the History of British Ideas about Afghanistan. (Studia Imagologica)
As I will discuss, those details that ‘sustai[n]’ the story derive from four of Kipling’s sources: Bellew, Raverty, Wood and Yule, all of which are named in the narrative itself (253-4). 43 However, Elphinstone’s widely-respected proto-ethnographic Account is mentioned in Sir Henry Yule’s 1881 Encyclopaedia Britannica entry on ‘Kafirstan’, to which the narrator of Kipling’s story directs Dravot and Peachey in their last minute researches. The Account provided some small details about ‘Kafirs’ although, as I have mentioned, Elphinstone did not himself journey beyond the North-West Frontier Province.
The incident seems to have acquired mythological status, however, since the accuracy of this version of Kipling’s visit to the frontier (recounted in his 1937 autobiography Something of Myself. For My Friends Known and Unknown) is disputed by biographer David Gilmour: ‘Kipling went up to Peshawar and had a glimpse of the Khyber pass, his sole experience of the frontier that later featured in several of his stories. In his memoirs he recalled that he had been shot at in the Khyber, but this must have been a trick of memory; a contemporary letter reveals that he was threatened by an Afghan with a knife’ (27).
Such an approach has been described by Robert Escarpit (in Dyserinck 2003) and, more recently by Philip Schlesinger (2006), as the sociology of literature. In this respect, as Dyserinck himself argues, this scholarly venture is ‘of great extraliterary promise’ (5). Ethical commitment therefore need not be tied to ‘ideological loyalties’ as Schiffer suggests. Ideally, however, a study that raises ethical concerns will also offer constructive conclusions. Investigated throughout, therefore, is the potential for travel narratives and news media coverage to subvert, negotiate and strategically revise popular British notions of Afghanistan.
Chasing Tales: Travel Writing, Journalism and the History of British Ideas about Afghanistan. (Studia Imagologica) by Corinne Fowler