British Travel Writers in Europe 1750-1800: Authorship, Gender, and National Identity
Routledge, 1 de nov. 2017 - 284 pàgines
This title was first published in 2001: Hundreds of European travelogues produced by British travellers between 1750 and 1800 remain out of sight in most libraries and have generally been out of print since the 18th century. While many people with a working knowledge of the 18th century are familiar with works including Sterne's "A Sentimental Journey" and Smollett's "Travels through France and Italy", those produced by less "literary" travellers are largely unknown. This study aims to recreate the world of 18th-century travel writing in order to illuminate its central role in shaping Britain's emerging sense of national identity - an identity which proves to be more complex an less homogeneous than some cultural and historical studies would suggest. The author finds that the developing discourse of national character is bound up with questions of gender: national and authorial virtue are projected in terms of appropriately gendered behaviour, for male and female travel writers alike. In turn, gender intersects with class, most obviously in the tendency to denigrate aristocratic travellers as effeminate and celebrate the more manly activities of the middle-class traveller. These then - national identity, authorship and gender - are the central preoccupations of the study
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In turn, gender frequently intersects with class, most obviously in the increasing tendency to denigrate aristocratic travellers as effeminate and celebrate the more manly activities of the middle-class traveller.
Of particular relevance are developments such as the rise of middle-class tourism and commercial authorship as mutually enabling factors, and the role of print culture within the formulation of national identity.
Focusing more on the dynamics of class within the development of British domestic tourism, Carole Fabricant has charted the complex process whereby the growing middle-class practice of visiting the seats of the hard-up aristocracy ...
middle classes rhetorically to appropriate great chunks of landscape which were technically the property of the landed ... in eighteenth-century society'.9 Likewise shedding light on the class politics of domestic tourism, Anne Wallace, ...
... this reassessment of the potency of sentimental fiction is nevertheless an important corrective to the prevailing tendency in recent decades to view the genre as little more than the indulgence of middle-class neurosis and economic ...
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