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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Balliol and Wolfson Colleges, Oxford, sustained me during the research on which this book is based, and St Peter's College, Oxford has provided a congenial and supportive atmosphere during the closing stages of writing.
and partly to the 'occasional' nature of much of the writing: many important travelogues from the period are by writers active on the fringes of literary culture, or indeed represent the author's only foray into print.
As Steve Clark has recently argued, the force of travel writing in any given period actually works against the critical tendencies of canon-building, since its significance is 'collective and incremental rather than singular and ...
Recent correctives to this tendency include the collection of essays on Travel Writing and Empire (edited by Steve Clark, 1999), some of which owe a theoretical debt to Mary Louise Pratt's ground-breaking study, Imperial Eyes: Travel ...
Put another way, the example of travel writing provides an important insight into the intermediary factors involved in the production of a national cultural identity, which thus emerges as a more complex entity than some post-colonial ...
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