Thanks to Garmt de Vries for his helpful answer on George Train (and yes, I
caught the STROGOFF in-joke in CLAUDIUS BOMBARNAC too.)
With the Dane Palle Huld also mentioned in Garmt's list, this makes 9 people
who (with varying degrees of seriousness) to my knowledge have really tried
Fogg's feat. At the risk of "inventing the umbrella", this leads me to suggest
That this should be considered a genre of travel writing, the PHILEADE (on the
analogy of "Robinsonade").
To demonstrate the usefulness of such a label, let me raise another point. All
of the 9 globetrotters that I know of are "First World" (4 Americans, 2 French,
2 Britains, and now thanks to Garmt a Dane).Do the encyclopediac records on
Fogg emulators mentioned in the recent bibliographic discussions mention any
from, say, India or Latin America? (Or, considering Verne's popularity in the
former Soviet sphere, did anyone from the Communist countries attempt the
trip?) Or is Fogg's feat -- the Phileade -- too much a myth of world-system
centers (be it London,Paris, or New York) to appeal to "peripheries"?
Think about it.
Received on Fri 15 Mar 1996 - 01:32:22 IDT