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"Thomas Pennant’s Scottish Tours: Travel, Knowledge Networks, and National Description"
A Talk by Nigel Leask
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Monday, November 10, 2014
300 Wheeler

Professor Nigel Leask is Regius Chair of English at the University of Glasgow.

His paper investigates the Welsh naturalist and antiquarian Thomas Pennant’s Tour of Scotland 1769 and the longer Tour of 1772, which includes 'Voyage to the Hebrides.' Although Pennant’s tours have been somewhat eclipsed by the fame of Dr. Johnson and Boswell, he argues that they were the more important for the development of Scottish travel writing in the decades that followed, becoming in effective a standard guidebook for tourists.

This paper is part of Professor Leask's ongoing research for a book on The Scottish Tour 1720-1820, his principal output for a new AHRC-funded collaborative research project entitled 'Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour, 1760-1820.'

Sponsored by the English Department and the Florence Green Bixby Chair in English.


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