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The Beaten TrackEuropean Tourism, Literature, and the Ways to ‘Culture’, 1800–1918$
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James Buzard

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122760.001.0001

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Ambivalent Appropriations: Culture and the Tourist in James

Ambivalent Appropriations: Culture and the Tourist in James

(p.217) 4 Ambivalent Appropriations: Culture and the Tourist in James
The Beaten Track

James Buzard

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the views and thoughts of American writer Henry James about American travellers and tourists in Europe. It suggests that James observed that many of the Americans he saw in Europe in the late 1860s and 1870s were lacking all preparation for culture. In his novel The American, James evinced a fundamental ambivalence in his representations of the tourist, an unwillingness to condemn or satirize the ‘new men’ and new women from the U.S. who were beginning to make their way to the Old World. He also thought that the civil war marked a new era for the American mind and in American travel to Europe.

Keywords:   American travellers, Henry James, tourists, culture, Europe, The American

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