Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland

Paperback | February 24, 2012

byWilliam Williams

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Picturesque but poor, abject yet sublime in its Gothic melancholy, the Ireland perceived by British visitors during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did not fit their ideas of progress, propriety, and Protestantism. The rituals of Irish Catholicism, the lamentations of funeral wakes, the Irish language they could not comprehend, even the landscapes were all strange to tourists from England, Wales, and Scotland. Overlooking the acute despair in England’s own industrial cities, these travelers opined in their writings that the poverty, bog lands, and ill-thatched houses of rural Ireland indicated moral failures of the Irish character.

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Picturesque but poor, abject yet sublime in its Gothic melancholy, the Ireland perceived by British visitors during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did not fit their ideas of progress, propriety, and Protestantism. The rituals of Irish Catholicism, the lamentations of funeral wakes, the Irish language they could not comprehend,...

William H. A. Williams is professor emeritus of history at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is author of many works including Inventing Irish Tourism, The First Century, 1750–1850 and the award-winning ’Twas Only an Irishman’s Dream, and editor of Daniel O’Connell, The British Press and the Irish Famine: Killing R...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 24, 2012Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299225240

ISBN - 13:9780299225247

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

1. Picturesque Tourism in Ireland

2. Historical and Religious Landscapes

3. Putting Paddy in the Picture

4. British Tourists and Irish Stereotypes

5. Tourism and the Semeiotics of Irish Poverty

6. Irish Poverty and the Irish Character

7. Misreading the Agricultural Landscape

8. Discovering the Moral Landscape

9. Landscape, Tourism, and the Imperial Imagination in Connemara

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“A ‘must read’ for scholars interested in pre-famine Ireland, in the development of modern tourism, and in the development of British and Irish nationalism.”—Sean Farrell, New Hibernia Review