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Education, Pilgrimage and Pleasure: The Rhetorical Strategies in the Writings of Three Eighteenth-century Swedish Travellers to Italy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3574-3229
2013 (English)In: From Site to Sight : The Transformation of Place in Art and Literature / [ed] Victor Plahte Tschudi & Turid Karlsen Seim, Rom: Scienze e lettere , 2013, 123-137 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The article focuses on the rhetorical strategies used by three early eighteenth-century Swedish travellers to convey their image of Italy. Departing from Chloe Chard’s idea of a particular “imaginative topography”, designating the rhetorical and theoretical strategies used by Grand Tour travellers to describe a foreign and unfamiliar landscape, I analyse letters and memoirs by the three Swedes in order to show how their experiences of Italy are presented and transformed in relation to the conditions and motives preceding their journeys.

The three personalities I consider – scientist Anders Celsius (1701-1744), count Nils Bielke (1706-1765) and admiral Carl Tersmeden (1715-1797) – were all, in different ways, representative of a particular period in Swedish history, the Age of Liberty (“Frihetstiden”, 1719-1772), that was characterised by fervent cultural and political debates leading to important reforms. The particularities of this time are evident in the travel writings of Celsius, Bielke and Tersmeden. Their often contradictory experiences of Italy are described through hyperboles, similitudes and other rhetorical devices to express feelings of admiration and, at the same time, dissociation. How these feelings are conveyed in the different texts, with which aims, and, in particular, with which rhetorical strategies, are the questions I direct to their writings in order to present their images of Italy in the Age of Liberty. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rom: Scienze e lettere , 2013. 123-137 p.
, Acta ad archaelogiam et artium historia pertinentia, ISSN 0065-0900 ; XXVI
Keyword [en]
reselitteratur, Rom, Italien, Frihetstiden, Anders Celsius, Nils Bielke, Carl Tersmeden
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211168ISBN: ISBN 978-88-6687-041-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-211168DiVA: diva2:679857
Swedish Images of Italy: Travel Literature in the Age of Liberty
Swedish Research Council, 2012-708
Available from: 2013-12-16 Created: 2013-11-20 Last updated: 2013-12-16

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