1st Edition

Tourism, Land and Landscape in Ireland The Commodification of Culture

By K.J. James Copyright 2014
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This study, exploring a broad range of evocative Irish travel writing from 1850 to 1914, much of it highly entertaining and heavily laced with irony and humour, draws out interplays between tourism, travel literature and commodifications of culture. It focuses on the importance of informal tourist economies, illicit dimensions of tourism, national landscapes, ‘legend’ and invented tradition in modern tourism.

    Introduction  1. The Eclipse of the Sublime  2. Creating and Contesting Ireland’s Tourist Movement  3. The Colourful Cast of Characters  4. Hospitality, Charity, Carnival, and Courtship  5. Tourism, Landscape, and Nation  Conclusion


    Kevin J. James is Associate Professor of History at the University of Guelph, Canada, where he also is a core faculty member in the Centre for Scottish Studies. His research explores tourism, literature and identity in the Victorian era, including comparative Irish and Scottish economic, social and cultural history.