Busby, Korstanje & Mansfield, for example, argue that travel literature serves to recreate the portrait of the unknown for largely European audiences. As a mirror, this process of othering conceptualizes and legitimizes the (largely) European selfhood. This means that societies weave their own narratives in order to understand the events of political history or landscape as well as the place and historical experience of the other. Travel literature often encourages a new methodology of research with the aim of expanding the comprehension of what urban studies mean. Narrative not only foregrounds the fictions which are at stake in imagining the city as destination, but also provides a vehicle for presenting the much broader social forces that converge in the author at the time of imagining and writing. Using narrative and the story provides an opportunity to address one of the limitations of positivism over the last two hundred years.