The Transformative Experience of the Journey via Recollection and Reflection
The travel memoir offers an opportunity to examine a number of issues in terms of creative non-fiction. Travel stories focus on individuals who become strangers to themselves when they exile themselves from the environmental and cultural factors that have defined them thus far in service of self-discovery. They link up with the grand Odysseus-like impulse of traditional and modern literature that can profoundly alter identity when they travel and write about their experiences. Topics to consider include the issue of fact vs. fiction in creative non-fiction texts, the idea of the diary as an essential aspect of the transformative experience, and the collaborative relationship between readers and writers in this highly popular genre in terms of identity development.