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- DescriptionThe nineteenth century was the heyday of travel, with Britons continually reassessing their own culture in relation to t only the colonized but also other Europeans, especially the ones that they encountered on the southern and eastern peripheries of the continent. Offering illustrative case studies, Katarina Gephardt shows how specific rhetorical strategies used in contemporary travel writing produced popular fictional representations of continental Europe in the works of Ann Radcliffe, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, and Bram Stoker. She examines a wide range of autobiographical and fictional travel narratives to demonstrate that the imaginative geographies underpinning British ideas of Europe emerged from the spaces between fact and fiction. Adding texture to her study are her analyses of the visual dimensions of cross-cultural representation and of the role of evolving techlogies in defining a shared set of rhetorical strategies. Gephardt argues that British writers envisioned their country simultaneously as distinct from the Continent and as a part of Europe, anticipating the contradictory British discourse around European integration that involves both fear that the European super-state will violate British sovereignty and a desire to play a more central role in the European Union.
- Author BiographyKatarina Gephardt is Associate Professor of English at Kennesaw State University. She has published on nineteenth-century British literature, travel writing, and pedagogy, and her other research interests include postcolonial studies and Central European literature.
- Author(s)Katarina Gephardt
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication28/07/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 14 b&w illustrations
- Weight626 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine16 mm
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