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Destinations and descriptions: acts of seeing in S.H. Kent's Gath to the Cedars and Within the Arctic Circle : acts of seeing in S.H. Kent's Gath to the Cedars and Within the Arctic Circle
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5265-6421
2011 (English)In: Studies in Travel Writing, ISSN 1364-5145, E-ISSN 1755-7550, Vol. 15, no 3, 293-310 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

British traveller S(usannah) H(enrietta) Kent's travelogues Gath to the Cedars (1874) and Within the Arctic Circle (1877) depict both spatial and figurative peripheries, constructed from a centre which enforces power over what is seen and reported. Kent's position as an imperial subject is visible in both texts in processes of Othering, and a further similarity between the travelogues is found in instances of reciprocity; when the encountered people gaze back, Kent takes recourse to both textual and physical strategies to regain control. Other representations of acts of seeing, however, reveal differences in how the destinations are discursively constructed. Itineraries and depictions of the East are determined by the Bible as a textual filter, and elevated views indicate the traveller's figurative control. The North is presented as an example of progressive modernity and despite following discursive practices when narrating sublime, picturesque and contained views, Kent's aim is to present the area as welcome to all. The oscillation between traveller and tourist, evident in Kent's descriptions as well as in her travelling persona, sheds light on both opportunities for and limitations to the writing of a travelogue towards the end of the nineteenth century.

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Routledge , 2011. Vol. 15, no 3, 293-310 p.
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S(usannah) H(enrietta) Kent, Gath to the Cedars (1874), Within the Arctic Circle (1877), peripheries, imperial subject, the Holy Land, Scandinavia, discourse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45816DOI: 10.1080/13645145.2011.595931OAI: diva2:434983
Available from: 2011-08-16 Created: 2011-08-16 Last updated: 2016-07-01Bibliographically approved

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