Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland
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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Hibernia Curiosa : A Letter from a Gentleman in Dublin to His Friend at Dover in
Kent Giving a General View of the Manners , Customs , Dispositions , & c . of the
Inhabitants of Ireland . With Occasional Observations of the State of Trade and ...
Dublin , 1801 . Dubois , Edward . My Pocket Book , or Hints for a Right Merrie and
Conceitede Tour , in quarto , To be Called “ The Stranger in Ireland in 1805 , ” by
a Knight Errant . London , 1807 . Dufferin , Frederick Temple , Lord . Narrative ...
Dublin , 1999 . Hall , Anna Maria , and Samuel Carter Hall . Hall ' s Ireland : Mr
and Mrs Hall ' s Tour of 1840 ( 1841 - 43 ) . ... Dublin , 1853 . - . A Week at
Killarney , Descriptions of the Routes Thither from Dublin , Cork & etc . ( 1843 ) .