|Publication status||Published - 18 Jul 2014|
|Event||Amrywiaeth Ieithyddol yng Nghymru / Language Diversity in Wales - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
Duration: 18 Jul 2014 → 19 Jul 2014
|Conference||Amrywiaeth Ieithyddol yng Nghymru / Language Diversity in Wales|
|Country||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|Period||18 Jul 2014 → 19 Jul 2014|
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.
- Wales, Europe, visitors' books, travel writing, identity, performance, modern languages