“For Kings and Governments may err // But never Mr Baedeker”: forms and functions of the early twentieth-century travel guidebook to Mexico and beyond
Gastvortrag von Julia Hieske, University of St. Andrews
The guidebook as we know it today was born in the 19th century when John Murray and Karl Baedeker popularised the genre, thereby revolutionising the way we travel and see the world. Guidebooks possess the potential to shape our views of a destination and its culture even before we pack our bags and set off on our journey. Yet, how have they managed to gain our trust? Taking a guide to Mexico as a case study, this talk will shed light on the workings of the genre and illustrate how a supposedly objective form has the power to influence an entire generation of travellers by promoting a political agenda amid advice on what to see next and where to stop for lunch.
Julia Hieske graduated from the joint MA/MLitt programme in German and Comparative Literature offered by the universities of Bonn and St Andrews in 2015, having studied and taught previously in Cologne, Dublin, Cambridge and Bonn. Her MA dissertation provided the first literary analysis of Spanish Minister Plenipotentiary Ángel Calderón de la Barca’s travel journal. Julia’s research interests cover the history and literature of travel (particularly to Mexico); late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century travel guidebooks; and the sociocultural implications of tourism in Porfirian Mexico and beyond. Her doctoral research at the University of St Andrews’ Spanish Department focuses on the creation and reception of travel guidebooks in the late Porfiriato and their influence on U.S. and British tourism to Mexico during the first half of the twentieth century. Julia is a recipient of a University of St Andrews School of Modern Languages PhD Scholarship and was previously awarded grants by the universities of Cologne and Bonn, as well as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Zeit: 14 Uhr
Raum: Karl-Bender-Saal (Raum 322)
Ort: Juridicum (Universitätsstraße 14-16)