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By Katarina Gephardt

The 19th century used to be the heyday of trip, with Britons regularly reassessing their very own tradition relating to not just the colonized but additionally different Europeans, in particular those that they encountered at the southern and jap peripheries of the continent. supplying illustrative case reviews, Katarina Gephardt exhibits how particular rhetorical ideas utilized in modern trip writing produced well known fictional representations of continental Europe within the works of Ann Radcliffe, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, and Bram Stoker. She examines quite a lot of autobiographical and fictional commute narratives to illustrate that the imaginitive geographies underpinning British rules of Europe emerged from the areas among truth and fiction. including texture to her learn are her analyses of the visible dimensions of cross-cultural illustration and of the function of evolving applied sciences in defining a shared set of rhetorical thoughts. Gephardt argues that British writers expected their nation either as part of the Continent as an entire and as exact from the British Isles, awaiting the contradictory British discourse round ecu integration that's obvious in Britain's simultaneous worry that the eu super-state will violate British sovereignty and its wish to play a extra significant position within the ecu Union.

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British attitudes to the Continent became increasingly dominated by middleclass values. Lacking the classical education of their aristocratic precursors, middle-class Victorians turned their attention to the present, drawing connections between social problems in their home country and the institutions that they observed on the Continent. The focus on the present led to a shift in the perceptions of Italy, which was the preferred destination of Victorian tourists, from the cradle of European civilization to Europe’s underdeveloped southern periphery.

In spite of the zenith of the British Empire, there was a sense of Britain’s peripheral status in Europe: “British interests derived from Britain’s geographical position—an island off the coast of Europe and not a full part of it, an island moreover with a population less than that of any other great power except Prussia” (Briggs 315). British attitudes to the Continent became increasingly dominated by middleclass values. Lacking the classical education of their aristocratic precursors, middle-class Victorians turned their attention to the present, drawing connections between social problems in their home country and the institutions that they observed on the Continent.

29 20 The Idea of Europe in British Travel Narratives, 1789–1914 romance made possible by travel points to a more genuinely cosmopolitan idea of Europe based on dialogue among nations. During the period of “armed peace” of 1871–1914 among European powers, the British mental map of Europe shifted its focus on eastern peripheries of the Continent. The nations of Eastern Europe became more visible in the eye of British public opinion, both due to reports on the challenge national movements posed to the Hapsburg and Ottoman Empires and thanks to the increased mobility made possible by the expansion of railway networks that allowed the British to travel to the more remote corners of the Continent.

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