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Anglo-American Travelers and the Hotel Experience in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Nation, Hospitality, Travel Writing





ISBN 9780367878467
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
298 Pages

 
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This volume examines the hotel experience of Anglo-American travelers in the nineteenth century from the viewpoint of literary and cultural studies as well as spatiality theory. Focusing on the social and imaginary space of the hotel in fiction, periodicals, diaries, and travel accounts, the essays shed new light on nineteenth-century notions of travel writing. Analyzing the liminal space of the hotel affords a new way of understanding the freedoms and restrictions felt by travelers from different social classes and nations. As an environment that forced travelers to reimagine themselves or their cultural backgrounds, the hotel could provide exhilarating moments of self-discovery or dangerous feelings of alienation. It could prove liberating to the tourist seeking an escape from prescribed gender roles or social class constructs. The book addresses changing notions of nationality, social class, and gender in a variety of expansive or oppressive hotel milieu: in the private space of the hotel room and in the public spaces (foyers, parlors, dining areas). Sections address topics including nationalism and imperialism; the mundane vs. the supernatural; comfort and capitalist excess; assignations, trysts, and memorable encounters in hotels; and women’s travels. The book also offers a brief history of inns and hotels of the time period, emphasizing how hotels play a large role in literary texts, where they frequently reflect order and disorder in a personal and/or national context. This collection will appeal to scholars in literature, travel writing, history, cultural studies, and transnational studies, and to those with interest in travel and tourism, hospitality, and domesticity.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS



List of Figures



Introduction



Monika M. Elbert and Susanne Schmid



PART I: Nationalism and Imperialism: The Hotel as Guidepost to National Interests



1 The Moral Economy of the Irish Hotel from the Union to the Famine



Melissa Fegan



2 English Inns and Hotels in Nineteenth-Century Fiction



Susanne Schmid



3 American Accommodation: Transatlantic Travel, Boardinghouse Settlers, and Hotel Culture



Tamara S. Wagner



Part II: The Mundane vs the Supernatural: Domesticity, Danger, or Mystery in Hotels



4 Hawthorne and Hotels in Great Britain



Frederick Newberry



5 A Tomb with a View: Supernatural Experiences in the Late Nineteenth Century’s Egyptian Hotels



Eleanor Dobson



6 Dark Hostelries: Gothic Hotels and Inns in the Long Nineteenth Century



Laurence Davies



PART III: From Comfort to Capitalist Excess: The Evolving Hotel Experience as Status Symbol



7 The Waldorf-Astoria and New York Society: Grand Hotel as Site of Modernity



Annabella Fick



8 Henry James and "the testimony of the hotel" to Transatlantic Encounters



Maureen E. Montgomery



9 Gilded-Age Hotel Culture and the Construction of American Leisure-Class Identity



Grace Tirapelle



PART IV: Assignations, Trysts, and Memorable Encounters in Hotels



10 The Inns of Romantic Drama



Frederick Burwick



11 George Eliot and George Henry Lewes: Respectable Adultery and Anonymous Celebrity



Kathleen McCormack



12 Edith Wharton’s American and French Hotels: A Permeable Private/Public Space



Carole M. Shaffer-Koros



PART V: Women’s Travels and the Hotel as Nexus between Private and Public Realms



13 "A Continual Recurrence of Bad Inns": Public Domesticity and Women’s Travel in the Early Nineteenth Century



Pam Perkins



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Biography

Monika Elbert is Professor of English and Distinguished University Scholar at Montclair State University, USA.





Susanne Schmid has taught at various universities and authored several books, among them the Helene Richter Award-winning Shelley's German Afterlives 1814–2000 (2007) and British Literary Salons of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries (2013). She co-edited Drink in the eighteenth and nineteenth Centuries (2014).