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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... in the relationship of man to himself and of language to things — was soon
taken as a simple , unconceptualized confrontation of a gaze and a face . . . by
which two living individuals are ' trapped in a common , but non - reciprocal
As grazing on better land displaced peasants , the ever - growing population of
poor small farmers was driven to seek a living on marginal lands that were
otherwise useless to the landlords . Through pooling their one abundant
resource , their ...
The Living Landscape : Kilgalligan , Erris , County Mayo . Dublin , 1975 . O '
Connor , Barbara . “ Myths and Mirrors : Tourist Images and National Identity . ” In
Tourism in Ireland : A Critical Analysis . Edited by Barbara O ' Connor and