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Locating Pays de Galles in the twenty-first century: dynamic model or forgotten world?

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Studies in Travel Writing, Volume: 18 (2014), Issue: 2, Pages: 187 - 198

Swansea University Author: Kathryn Jones Orcid Logo

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Abstract

In spite of the increased profile of Welsh national identity in the post-devolutionary age, the roleof travellers and in particular travel writers in representing Wales beyond its borders remainslargely unstudied. This essay explores the contrasting constructions of Wales, Welshpolitical structures...

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Published in: Studies in Travel Writing
ISSN: 1364-5145 1755-7550
Published: Informa UK Limited 2014
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Abstract: In spite of the increased profile of Welsh national identity in the post-devolutionary age, the roleof travellers and in particular travel writers in representing Wales beyond its borders remainslargely unstudied. This essay explores the contrasting constructions of Wales, Welshpolitical structures and cultural landscapes at the dawn of the twenty-first century offered bytwo francophone travel narratives by Quebecois Dominic Ménard-Bilodeau (2004) and Breton Jean-Yves Le Disez (2006). It investigates how the travellers’ divergent discursive axes and respective emphases on heritage and ethnic tourism result in polarised perceptions of contemporary Wales as a romanticised and mysterious forgotten world on the one hand, and a vibrant and dynamic model to be emulated by non-state nations on the other. By examining the extent of the travellers’ political awareness of Wales, the essay probes the possible effects of devolution on travellers’ evolving perceptions of Wales and its representation in travel literature.
Keywords: Wales, 21st century, politics, francophone travel narratives, Dominic Ménard-Bilodeau, Jean-Yves Le Disez
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue: 2
Start Page: 187
End Page: 198