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Tales of Transit: Narrative Migrant Spaces in Atlantic Perspective, 1850-1950
edited by Michael Boyden, Hans Krabbendam and Liselotte Vandenbussche
Amsterdam University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-90-485-1875-3 | Paper: 978-90-8964-528-9
Library of Congress Classification GN365.T345 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.48240730904

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. 

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