“Stock in der Hand / Löcher im Gewand / Wandern wir gar müßig / Durch das wunderbare Land”Notes by European Travellers in Welsh Visitors’ Books

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  • Rita Singer(Author)
    Prifysgol Bangor | Bangor University
Type Paper
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAmrywiaeth Ieithyddol yng Nghymru / Language Diversity in Wales - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 18 Jul 201419 Jul 2014


ConferenceAmrywiaeth Ieithyddol yng Nghymru / Language Diversity in Wales
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Period18 Jul 201419 Jul 2014
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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