• Leisure, refuge and solidarity: messages in visitors’ books as microforms of travel writing

    Author(s):
    Rita Singer (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Global & Transnational Studies
    Subject(s):
    20th-century Europe, Travel, Travel literature, Victorian culture
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    micro-texts, self-writing, visitor research, visitors' books, Wales
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/bjb1-n390
    Abstract:
    Visitors’ books not only trace developments in modern tourism, but they also reveal changes in the socio-cultural and language attitudes of travellers from all walks of life over prolonged periods of time. This article investigates messages in visitors’ books from Wales from the mid-nineteenth century up to the present and argues for their recognition as microforms of travel writing. Despite their brevity, entries in visitors’ books are a highly complex form of travel writing particularly in the inscribers’ self-fashioning of identity for future readers. The article examines how writerly choices are not only directly rooted in the discourse of travel, but also in socio-political circumstances in the individual travellers’ countries of origin and their travel destinations.
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