Telling the Truth about Culture: Intercultural Communication in Travel Writing

Francis Haran (1)
(1) Department of Communication, Culture and Languages, BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Australia

Abstract

We receive descriptions of meetings between cultures from a wide range of sources; for example, from the aspiring empirical objectivity of Intercultural Communication to the more entertaining portrayals of travel writing. But when travel writers employ the principles of Intercultural Communication in their descriptions, does this bring their travel writing closer to the truth about culture? My paper takes up this question through an examination of subjectivity and objectivity in the descriptions of meetings between cultures in travel writing. The writers I discuss are all native speakers of English and the culture they describe is Modern Greece.

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Authors

Francis Haran
francis.a.haran@bi.no (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Francis Haran, Department of Communication, Culture and Languages, BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo

Francis Haran is from Sydney, Australia. He holds an Honours degree in English literature from Sydney University and a Master’s degree in English literature and language from Oslo University in Norway. He has taught English in Australia, Greece and Norway. He is currently Senior Lecturer with the Department of Communication, Culture and Languages at BI Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, Norway, where he teaches undergraduate courses in Intercultural Communication.

Haran, F. (2010). Telling the Truth about Culture: Intercultural Communication in Travel Writing. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 10(3), 1–08. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v10i3.509

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