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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... and neglect , with which Ireland has been , and is , cursed — she needs but a
seed - time of kind deeds , in order that a harvest of abundant blessings may be
reaped . " 11 Poverty and the Reportorial Gaze Am Unlike the romantic
Poverty and the Reportorial Gaze Am Unlike the romantic landscape painters ,
who usually ignored rural poverty , most of the travel writers could not avoid
looking at and reporting on Ireland ' s poor . As Andrew Hadfield and John
By the early nineteenth century , the popular romantic imagination had come to
accept sublime landscape as part of God ' s bounty . However , the idea that
emotionally inspiring scenery could be economically unproductive seemed a ...