The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Italies of British Travellers : an Annotated Anthology

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Manfred Pfister
Rodopi, 1996 - 554 pages
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This is the first anthology of British travel writing on Italy which traces the development of the genre and the history of the British perception of Italy from the Renaissance to the present. As an anthologie raissonnéeit presents the texts in thematic clusters and chronological order, providing commentary and annotations for each of them and their nearly hundred authors (some of them, like Smollett, Byron, Dickens or Huxley, well-known, others virtually unknown, amongst them many unduly neglected women writers). Further features are a substantial introduction to the travelogue and the writing of Italy, more than thirty illustrations visualizing the British experience of Italy, and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
 

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Contents

To Go Abroad to See the World
3
Surveying the Anthology
15
Descriptive List of Illustrations
58
The Hazards of Travelling
118
The Perception of Otherness
142
Womens Studies
194
and the Genius of the Roman Catholic Religion
205
Modena and Parma
228
as Cavaliere Servente
269
Domestic Economy
291
Momentary Passions
293
Good Manners
299
Italian Cities
337
Lady Hamiltons Attitudes
383
Off the Beaten Tracks and the Mezzogiorno
395
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Page 14 - A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see. The grand object of travelling is to see the shores of the Mediterranean.

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