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Title: Ruins, Romance and the Rise of Gothic Tourism: The Case of Netley Abbey, 1750-1830
Author(s): Townshend, Dale
Keywords: Netley
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Citation: Townshend D (2014) Ruins, Romance and the Rise of Gothic Tourism: The Case of Netley Abbey, 1750-1830, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 37 (3), pp. 377-394.
Abstract: This article considers literary and antiquarian responses to the ruins at Netley Abbey, Hampshire, between the years 1750 and 1830. Having situated poetic responses to Netley in relation to William Gilpin's theories of the Picturesque, the article claims that it was at precisely such a site of architectural ruin that the Gothic imagination was articulated. Beyond this, the article demonstrates that the Gothic ruins at Netley Abbey became an important site in the rise of ‘Gothic tourism’, the dark and spectral equivalent to Romanticism's Picturesque tour in the latter half of the eighteenth century.
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