New publications on Irish travel writing

Raphaël Ingelbien, Irish Cultures of Travel. Writing on the Continent, 1829-1914 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

Irish Cultures of Travel analyses travel texts aimed at the emergent Irish middle classes in the long nineteenth century. Unlike travel writing about Ireland, Irish travel writing about foreign spaces has been under-researched. Drawing on a wide range of neglected material and focusing on selected European destinations, this study draws out the distinctive features of an Irish corpus that often subverts dominant trends in Anglo-Saxon travel writing. As it charts Irish participation in a new ‘mass’ tourism, it shows how that participation led to heated ideological debates in Victorian and Edwardian Irish print culture. Those debates culminate in James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’, which is here re-read through new discursive contextualizations. This book sheds new light on middle-class culture in pre-independence Ireland, and on Ireland’s relation to Europe. The methodology used to define its Irish corpus also makes innovative contributions to the study of travel writing.

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Studies in Travel Writing has just released a 2016 special issue devoted to Irish travel writers, co-edited by Éadaoin Agnew and Raphaël Ingelbien. The issue includes essays by Eve Patten on Lord Dufferin, Melissa Fegan on Aubrey De Vere, Anne O’Connor on Catholic travellers to Italy, Giulia Bruna on William Bulfin and Robert Lynd, Jayati Gupta on Margaret Elizabeth Noble (Sister Nivedita), and Michael Cronin on Torlach Mac Con Midhe.

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