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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British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland William Williams. ernment , through
the Act of Union ( 1801 ) , forced the unification of the parliaments of Great Britain
and Ireland , theoretically making Ireland an integral part of the United Kingdom .
British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland William Williams. caught in the tourist
' s gaze was supposed to be a fellow citizen . To what extent could tourism and
travel writing bridge the differences between the two islands , contributing to the ...
Until the end of the eighteenth century , well - placed travel writers were likely to
spend time at table among the “ quality , " where Irish hospitality , gauged by the
consumption of wine and whiskey punch , was legendary . However , the ...