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Stepping Westward: Writing the Highland Tour c. 1720-1830

Nigel Leask


Stepping Westward is the first book of its kind dedicated to the literature of the Scottish Highland tour 1720-1830, a major cultural phenomenon that attracted writers and artists like Pennant, Johnson and Boswell, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, Hogg, Keats, Daniell, and Turner, as well as numerous less celebrated travellers and tourists. Addressing more than a century’s worth of literary and visual representations of the Highlands, the book casts new light on how the tour developed a modern literature of place, acting as a catalyst for thinking about improvement, landscape, ... More

Keywords: travel writing, domestic tourism, Highlands, transport infrastructure, four-nations romanticism, antiquarianism, Gaelic, Ossian, picturesque, improvement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198850021
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198850021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel Leask, author
Regius Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow