Women travellers in Wales: Hester Lynch Piozzi, Mary Morgan and Elizabeth Isabella Spence

Sarah Helen Prescott

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Abstract

This article explores examples of published and unpublished works by three women writers (Hester Thrale Piozzi, Mary Morgan and Elizabeth Isabella Spence) which encompass travels and tours in north and south Wales as well as spanning what might be termed pre-Romantic and Romantic eras of travel writing from the mid-1770s to the early 1800s. These accounts span a significant period in the history of travel writing and of shifting perceptions of Wales from a backward and uncivilised land to a place venerated for its ancient bardic culture and sublime landscapes. The present essay thus attempts to illustrate and explore not only the individual and varied modes of travel writing adopted by women writers but also the changes in women's representations of Wales in this key historical period, from a relatively obscure destination in the 1770s to a recognisable tourist attraction by 1809.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-121
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Travel Writing
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2014

Keywords

  • Wales
  • Welsh
  • women
  • writing
  • travel
  • tour

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