The Tourist's Gaze: Travellers to Ireland, 1800-2000

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Glenn Hooper
Cork University Press, 2001 - History - 268 pages
Travel literature has been described by Jonathan Raban as "literature's red-light district". It defies peoples' beliefs, confuses expectations, crosses disciplinary boundaries and is linked to ethnography, journalism and biography. Yet for all that has managed to remain not only a visible but also an increasingly popular literary genre. This anthology makes an entertaining and insightful contribution to this engaging field. It includes extracts from well known writers, such as Thackeray, Boll and Chesterton, but also presents less familiar figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.







The seventy pieces collected here both offer sharp observations of the country and are equally revealing about the travelers themselves. Each extract, where possible, is prefaced by a brief biography of its author. For readers interested in the origins and historical role of travel writing in general, and how they relate to Ireland, the editor offers an illuminating introduction. This anthology presents illuminating snapshots of Ireland over two hundred years. It also provides insights into the varied perspectives of the travelers themselves, a perspective often influenced by contemporary political events such as the Great Famine, Home Rule, the Civil War and the Troubles.







This anthology leaves the reader with an enduring image of Ireland's ability to fascinate and stimulate visitors through two centuries.

 

Contents

Mary Ann Grant 1810 Sketches of Life and Manners with
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Contents
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Anne Plumptre 1817 Narrative of a Residence in Ireland
20
Thomas Kitson Cromwell 1820 The Irish Tourist
28
Hermann PŁcklerMuskau 1830 The Adventures of Prince
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of 1829
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Henry D Inglis 1834 A Journey throughout Ireland
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Baptist Wriothesley Noel 1837 Notes of a Short Tour
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Henry Spenser Wilkinson 1886 The Eve of Home
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Arthur Bennett 1890 John Bull and his other Island
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Mrs J J Lloyd 1893 A Trip to Ireland
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Kate Douglas Wiggin 1901 Penelopes Irish
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B E Stevenson 1915 The Charm of Ireland
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G K Chesterton 1919 Irish Impressions
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Introduction
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John Gibbons 1930 Tramping through Ireland
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Atkinson Captain
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Leitch Ritchie 1837 Ireland Picturesque and Romantic
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James Hack Tuke 1847 A Visit to Connaught in
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Atkinson Famine landlord
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Spencer T Hall 1850 Life and Death in Ireland
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Introduction
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Balfour Arthur 153 158
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Nassau William Senior 1868 Journals Conversations
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Being
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Kees van Hoek 1946 An Irish Panorama
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Olivia Manning 1950 The Dreaming Shore
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a Travellers Portrait
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Ireland
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a Journey through
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a Journey
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Index
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Glenn Hooper Walshe lectures in the department of English, University College, Cork.

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