Synopses & Reviews
This book explores components of national identity in Victorian Britain by analyzing travel literature. It draws on published and unpublished travel journals by middle-class men and women from England, Scotland, and Wales. The main aim is to illustrate both the contexts that inspired the various collective identities of Britishness, Englishness, Scotsness, and Welshness, as well as the qualities Victorian men and women had in mind when they used such terms to identify and imagine themselves collectively.
"...must be added to the list of significant contributions to the field of nation studies."--Roger B. Beck, H-Net Reviews
The book is very readable and is recommended for all categories of readers. --Choice
...lucid and wide-ranging study of the published and unpublished accounts of over seventy Victorian travelers.--Victorian Studies
About the Author
Marjorie Morgan is Associate Professor of History at Southern Illinois University.
Table of Contents
The Meaning and Mechanics of Travel in the Victorian Age * Landscape and Climate * Religion * Customs, Comfort, and Class * Liberty, Language, and History * The Discourse of National Identity Among Victorian Travellers