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Hidden Texts, Hidden Nation(Re)Discoveries of Wales in Travel Writing in French and German (1780-2018)$
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Kathryn N Jones, Carol Tully, and Heather Williams

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621433

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621433.001.0001

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Identity, Celtomania and the Narrative of Wales in Travel Writing in German from 1850 to 1905

Identity, Celtomania and the Narrative of Wales in Travel Writing in German from 1850 to 1905

(p.155) Chapter Four Identity, Celtomania and the Narrative of Wales in Travel Writing in German from 1850 to 1905
Hidden Texts, Hidden Nation

Kathryn N. Jones

Carol Tully

Heather Williams

Liverpool University Press

The focus of travelogues shifts from the industrial to the cultural, while the advance of Celtic Studies on the Continent leads to a far deeper engagement with the indigenous culture. Many such engaged writers viewed the development of tourism, of which they were of course a symptom, as a palpable threat to the survival of Welsh culture. This reflects concerns about the situation closer to home as the German states moved towards unification in 1871 and the realisation of a political underpinning to the long-held sense of a common ‘national’ German identity. The image of Wales which emerges by the end of the century is a distillation of cultural elements, - bards, princes, legends, - which can to some extent be seen as an attempt to preserve the cultural alterity deemed to be under threat. This century of Germanophone writing about Wales sees the consolidation of a Welsh narrative which, while sharing numerous themes with Francophone writers, nevertheless addresses over time a number of key German concerns around national identity, the advance of modernity and the place of ancient cultures in the modern world.

Keywords:   Celtic Studies, Romanticism, Tourism, Colonialism

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