Tales of Transit

Narrative Migrant Spaces in Atlantic Perspective, 1850-1950

Edited by Michael Boyden, Hans Krabbendam, and Liselotte Vandenbussche

Edited by Michael Boyden, Hans Krabbendam, and Liselotte Vandenbussche

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

240 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $43.50 ISBN: 9789089645289 Published February 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Traditionally, migration has been studied at either the beginning or the end of the journey. Surprisingly little research has been devoted to what actually happens to people in between. The contributors to this collection draw on a variety of primary and secondary sources, including travel writings, fiction, and diaries, to explore immigrants' liminal experiences on ships and in exit ports on both sides of the Atlantic. Combining scholarship from the field of transportation history with that of social history and translation studies, Tales of Transit reveals the complexity of what people experience as they get uprooted or reattach themselves to a community. A novel addition to the literature of transatlantic movements of the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Tales of Transit demonstrates in vivid detail how migration was seldom a straightforward progression. 
Marlou Schrover | Leiden University
"Taking as its key concepts liminality and contacts zones this volume shows how migrants, mediators and ties changed, and moved back and forth between being visible and invisible, or both at the same time. Together the contributions to this volume bring out what the rules and rituals of engagement, disengagement and re-engament were on the way from ‘here’ to ‘there’, thus taking a novel approach to transatlantic migration between 1850-1950."  
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