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«Poor Green Erin»

German Travel Writers’ Narratives on Ireland from Before the 1798 Rising to After the Great Famine- Texts Edited, Translated and Annotated by Eoin Bourke

Eoin Bourke

The area of 19 th-century German travel writing on Ireland has received widespread scholarly attention over the years in treatises in both English and German, but these efforts were directed largely at fellow-scholars and formed part of an academic discourse on travel, interculturality and alterity. This book, on the other hand, is conceived of more as a reader for the general public than as an academic treatise, presents a surprisingly extensive body of comments drawn from German and Austrian sources from between 1783 and 1865 and lets them «talk for themselves». Some of these remarkably empathetic and well-founded eye-witness accounts were translated into English already in the 19 th century by people like Sarah Austin and Sir Lascelles Wraxhall, but the editor has re-translated them to remove varying degrees of antiquatedness of formulation and has added other accounts that were hitherto largely unknown to the non-German-speaking reading public.
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31 Original German-language sources

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In case the reader wishes to refer back to the original German-language writ- ings, the pagination as given in square brackets after each quotation corres- ponds to that in the respective editions as listed below. In the brackets the authors are indicated by their initials and accompanied by the pages of the ori- ginal passages. Here the initials are ordered alphabetically and followed by full bibliographical details. AH = Adolf Helfferich: Skizzen und Erzählungen aus Irland. Berlin: Julius Springer, 1858. Anon 1 = Skizzen aus Irland oder Bilder aus Irlands Vergangenheit und Gegenwart von einem Wanderer. In: Reisen und Länder- beschreibungen der älteren und neuesten Zeit, eine Sammlung der interessantesten Werke über Länder- und Staaten-Kunde, Geographie und Statistik, hg. Eduard Widenmann & Hermann Hauff. Stuttgart / Tübingen: J.G. Cotta, 1838. Anon 2 = Darstellung des gegenwärtigen Zustandes von Irland von einem mehrjährigen Beobachter. In: Reisen und Länderbeschrei- bungen der älteren und neueren Zeit, eine Sammlung der interes- santesten Werke über Länder- und Staaten-Kunde, Geographie und Statistik, mit Karten, hg. Eduard Widenmann & Hermann Hauff. Stuttgart / Tübingen: J.G. Cotta, 1835. AS = Anton Schütte: Reise nach Derrynane und Besuch bei Daniel O’Connell. In: Beilage zur Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung (Mai, 1847); Nr. 146: I, 26. Mai, 1161-3; Nr. 147: II, 27. Mai, 1169-71; Nr. 148: III, 28. Mai, 1177-8; Nr. 149: IV, 29. Mai, 1185-6; Nr. 150: V, 30. Mai, 1193-4. CAGG = Christian August Gottlieb Goede: England, Wales, Irland und Schottland. Erinnerungen an Natur und Kunst aus...

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