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“Many and Dreadful Disasters”

Walchester, K (2021) “Many and Dreadful Disasters”. Journeys, 22 (1). pp. 21-38. ISSN 1465-2609

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Our recent experiences of quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreak have exposed the vulnerability of poorer members of society and has highlighted their increased suffering during the period of restricted mobility. This article considers the way in which quarantine exacerbates inequalities from a historical perspective, looking at enforced periods of restricted travel and its impact on servants and lower-class British travelers of the eighteenth century in Europe. It examines both the history of representations of plague and contagion, and some of the human reactions to fears of disease, one of which was the imposition of quarantine measures. Three main sources are referred to: Patrick Brydone’s A Tour through Sicily and Malta in a Series of Letters to William Beckford, published in 1790; Elizabeth, Lady Craven’s “A Journey through the Crimea to Constantinople in a series of Letters,” published in 1789; and the unpublished letters of William Fletcher, manservant to Lord Byron, from his journeys in 1811. The texts produced by these travelers from the eighteenth century offer rich material for the consideration of the impact of mobility and immobility both of and on the body and how these experiences were strikingly different depending on the social class of the traveler.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1506 Tourism; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; 2005 Literary Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9 Travel and state. Tourism
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2023 09:09
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2023 09:09
DOI or ID number: 10.3167/jys.2021.220102
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19175
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