Romantic Readers and Transatlantic Travel: Expeditions and Tours in North America, 1760–1840 (Ashgate Series in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies) Hardcover – 5 Oct 2012
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'We knew Romantic readers loved travel writing and were fascinated with North America; Jarvis's study gives us a window into how those readers - private individuals, reviewers, and Romantic poets - read the era's massive output of books on travel and exploration. His approach combines impressive research with insights from reader response theory and book history. Romantic Readers and Transatlantic Travel is an important contribution to studies of transatlantic Romanticism.' Elizabeth A. Bohls, University of Oregon, US 'With careful attention to various source materials including autobiography entries, marginalia, letters, diaries, and periodical reviews, Jarvis defines the readers of travel writing, not as passive receptors, but as active responders. He demonstrates that readers of travel writing did not merely regurgitate the imperialist, sexist, and/or racist attitudes of the authors they read, but were, in fact, diverse, opinionated, and discerning. Consequently, Romantic Readers revises the characterization of Romantic-era readers of travel writing, and broadens transatlantic Romanticism to include new histories of reading.' Nineteenth-Century Studies 'Romantic Readers and Transatlantic Travel is a most welcome contribution to the critical discourse of transatlantic Romanticism, reader-response theory and the history of the book. Throughout this scholarly monograph Jarvis's writing is refreshingly lucid, engaging, forthright and uncluttered by jargon.' Literature and History 'Jarvis's study is not only valuable in that it provides a unique investigation of individual responses to travel literature, but because the methodology and the results raise important questions about how we come to understand the role of reading and writing, print and publishing in the formation of identity and community.' Romanticism 'Besides refining critics' understanding of nineteenth-century readers, travel writing, and transatlantic relations, Jarvis's insights and lucid writing style make this book an excellent addition to upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the Romantic period, travel writing, and transatlantic studies. Perhaps the most important contribution Jarvis makes, however, is to present Romantic readers not as passive, fireside travellers, but as active, questioning, and enthusiastic participants on a quest for knowledge.' Modern Language Review 'This is an especially original, innovative, and lucid monograph.' Year's Work in English Studies
About the Author
Robin Jarvis is Professor of English Literature at the University of the West of England. Among his related publications is Romantic Writing and Pedestrian Travel.
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