|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Studies in Travel Writing|
|Publication status||Published - 09 Mar 2017|
Visitors’ books not only trace developments in modern tourism, but they also reveal changes in the socio-cultural and language attitudes of travellers from all walks of life over prolonged periods of time. This article investigates messages in visitors’ books from Wales from the mid-nineteenth century up to the present and argues for their recognition as microforms of travel writing. Despite their brevity, entries in visitors’ books are a highly complex form of travel writing particularly in the inscribers’ self-fashioning of identity for future readers. The article examines how writerly choices are not only directly rooted in the discourse of travel, but also in socio-political circumstances in the individual travellers’ countries of origin and their travel destinations.
- travel writing, visitors' books, tourism, Wales, Europe, micro-texts
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- Leisure refuge and solidarity messages in visitors books as microforms of travel writing
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