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

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Manfred Pfister
Rodopi, Jan 1, 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 raissonnée it 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
Multiple Civilizations
104
The Hazards of Travelling
118
The Perception of Otherness
142
Womens Studies
194
Modena and Parma
228
Momentary Passions
293
Good Manners
299
on Mount Aetna
317
Italian Cities
337
Lady Hamiltons Attitudes
383
Off the Beaten Tracks and the Mezzogiorno
395
Bibliographical Reference
527
British Travelling in Italy Travel Writing on Italy
537

Sense of LawBreaking
240
as Cavaliere Servente
269
Domestic Economy
291

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