The British Tourist in the Roman Catholic World argues that travel was one of the primary means by which nineteenth-century British tourists inscribed their prejudices, and that the guidebooks that led them abroad helped articulate ways in which to “tolerate” difference while maintaining hierarchical structures that benefit English Anglicans – a sleight of hand in which the liberal subjects imagine themselves as both tolerant and superior. Scholars in my field of literary studies have opened the guidebook genre to literary examination in past decades; to their work, this study seeks to make it impossible to read travel writing from the nineteenth century without seeing its inextricability from the religious politics of the time.
Mariana Starke, John Chetwode Eustace, John Murray III, Jemima Morrell, Charles Dickens, and John Ruskin feature heavily in this book.
Joseph Forsyth, Lord Byron, John Cam Hobhouse, John Murray II, Francis Palgrave, J.M.W. Turner, and Walter Pater make appearances as well.
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- Manlier than Mozart: The Anti-Wagnerian Stance of A Wicked Voice.” Consortium: A Journal of Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry. Boulder: UC Boulder Umbrellagraph Press, 2011.
The British Traveler and the Continental Tour, 1789-1884
In which I analyze the evolution of the Anglophone guidebook and the changing face of the tourist in the nineteenth century.