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Week 11. How to Travel? Advice Literature, Grand Tour, and the Travelling Self

Core Readings

Casey Blanton, Travel Writing: The Self and the World (New York and London: Routledge, 2002), pp. 1-29. Link.

Sarah Goldsmith, 'Nostalgia, Homesickness and Emotional Formation on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour', Cultural and Social History 15.3 (2018), pp. 333-360. Link.

Carl Thompson, The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2007), Ch. 1: 'Tourists: Diversification and Disdain, 1760–1830', pp. 31-58. Link.

Primary sources

Richard Blome, 'A Discourse of Travel', in A Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World (London: 1670), pp. 1-13. Link.

Leopold Berchtold, An Essay to Direct and Extend the Inquiries of Patriotic Travellers (London: 1789), pp. 1-87 (skim read through the book to obtain a sense of the variety of topics) Link.

Further Reading

Carey, Daniel, 'Advice on the Art of Travel', in: Nandini Das and Tim Youngs (eds.), The Cambridge History of Travel Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 392-407. Link.

Carey, Daniel, 'Hakluyt's instructions: The Principal Navigations and sixteenth-century travel advice', Studies in Travel Writing 13 (2009), pp. 167-185. Link.

Games, Alison, The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008). Link.

Gleadhill, Emma, 'Improving Upon Birth, Marriage and Divorce: The Cultural Capital of Three Late Eighteenth-Century Female Grand Tourists', Journal of Tourism History 10.1 (2018), pp. 21-36. Link.

Holmberg, Eva Johanna, 'Writing the Travel Companion in Seventeenth-Century English Texts about the Ottoman Empire', in: Helen Hackett (ed.), Early Modern Exchanges : Dialogues Between Nations and Cultures, 1550-1750 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 183-198. Link.

Holmberg, Eva Johanna, 'Writing the travelling self: travel and life-writing in Peter Mundy’s (1597–1667) Itinerarium
Mundii', Renaissance Studies 31.4 (2016), pp. 608-625. Link.

Korte, Barbara, 'Practices and Purposes', Barbara Schaff (ed.), Handbook of British Travel Writing (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2020), pp. 95-112. Link.

Pirbhai, M. Reza, 'Empire and I: Reading the Travelogue of a Late Eighteenth Century British Army Captain', South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 36.4 (2013), pp. 661-77. Link.

Rubiés, Joan Pau, 'Instructions for Travellers: Teaching the Eye to See', History and Anthropology (1996), pp. 139-190. Link.

Schaff, Barbara, 'James Boswell, Journals and Letters from his Grand Tour (1764-1765)', in: Barbara Schaff (ed.), Handbook of British Travel Writing (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2020), pp. 231-264. Link.

Stagl, Justin, A History of Curiosity: the Theory of Travel, 1550-1800 (Harwood Academic Publishers, 1995). Library.

Sweet, Rosemary, Cities and the Grand Tour: The British in Italy, c.1690–1820 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). Link.

Sweet, Rosemary, Gerrit Verhoeven and Sarah Goldsmith (eds.), Beyond the Grand Tour: Northern Metropolises and Early Modern Travel Behaviour (London: Routledge, 2017). Link.

Williams, Mark R.F., 'The Inner Lives of Early Modern Travel', The Historical Journal 62.2 (2019), pp. 349-373. Link.

The Art of Travel 1500-1850. Database of didactic texts about travel.

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