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

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Manfred Pfister
Rodopi, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 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 raissonn eit 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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To Go Abroad to See the World
Surveying the Anthology
Descriptive List of Illustrations
Multiple Civilizations
The Hazards of Travelling
The Perception of Otherness
as Cavaliere Servente
Domestic Economy
Lady Hamiltons Attitudes
Off the Beaten Tracks and the Mezzogiorno

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Page 8 - 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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