Chasing Tales: Travel Writing, Journalism and the History of by Corinne Fowler

By Corinne Fowler

Chasing Tales is the 1st specific research of journalism, trip writing and the background of British rules approximately Afghanistan. It deals a well timed research of the notional Afghanistan(s) that experience prevailed within the well known British mind's eye. Casting its web deep into the 19th century, the research investigates the country's mythologisation through scrutinising trip 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 visitors and newshounds and seeks to give an explanation for why Afghans remain depicted as medieval, murderous, warlike and unruly. Its identify, Chasing Tales, conveys the stream, and certainly the circularity, of principles normally present in British commute writing and journalism. The 'tales' part stresses the pivotal function performed via fictionalised resources, specially the writing of Rudyard Kipling, in perpetuating worrying nineteenth-century stories 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 concerning the ethics of go back and forth.

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Investigated throughout, therefore, is the potential for travel narratives and news media coverage to subvert, negotiate and strategically revise popular British notions of Afghanistan. The study ends by combining its insights with an assessment of the viability and relevance of proposals by anthropologists and media professionals for more experimental, responsible and self-reflexive practices. Part One Hanging old stories on the necks of new characters: the legacy of nineteenth-century Afghan-British encounters.

Even if the symbolic reference to bridges is overlooked, the scene’s historical transferral to a nineteenth-century context with traumatic associations has a particular analytical consequence: even though the danger passes, historically verifiable weight is given to the possibility of harm, or even murder. This tendency was noted in earlier with the imminent sense of threat in the narratives of Christina Lamb and Jonny Bealby. Prominent in Kipling’s story is the assertion of Nuristanis’ predilection for inter-village feuding.

The First Anglo-Afghan War was significant for Victorians for other reasons, not least because it served as a warning of the potential for successful insurrection in British India. As Macrory points out, the significance of Britain’s tarnished military reputation was not lost on the ‘Mutineers’33 fifteen years later (2002: 15). As a result, Victorian historical accounts of the War were imbued with a sense of its significance for the internal stability of British India. Published just six years before the 1857 ‘Mutiny’, Sir John Keay’s History of the War In Afghanistan (1851), seems plagued by its shadow-story; the future possibility of a major uprising in India.

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