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The tourist gaze: cycling tourists’ impressions of Victorian and Edwardian Ireland

Griffin, B (2017) 'The tourist gaze: cycling tourists’ impressions of Victorian and Edwardian Ireland.' Irish Studies Review. ISSN 1469-9303

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Abstract

Cyclists’ written records of their Irish tours in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been overlooked by those scholars who have studied travellers’ impressions of Ireland in this period. The tricycle and the bicycle opened Ireland to a new form of tourism in the form of cycling tourism, and many of these holidaymakers, both Irish and foreign, were keen to record their experiences and impressions awheel, either in the cycling press or in other publications. This article is the first sustained effort to present a scholarly analysis of this material. It shows that the cycling tourists’ writings, as is the case with other travel writings, reveal more about the authors’ prejudices and their preconceived ideas about the places that they would visit and the people that they would encounter than they necessarily do about the realities of Irish life.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: tourism, travel writing, cycling, stereotypes, tourist gaze
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 14:44
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2017 15:38
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9586
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