Mediating Anglophobia: Political and Cultural Conflict in the French Periodical Reception of British Travel Writing (1792-1814)

Keywords: travel writing, periodical reception, British travel writing, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, French periodical press

Abstract

This article analyses a set of French periodical articles on British travel writing, exploring the complex and ambivalent relationship that the French press entertained with translations of British travelogues. As travel writing was a highly popular genre in this period, but also politically charged, its periodical reception in revolutionary and Napoleonic France offers a rich object of study for understanding the entanglement of political and cultural conflict. In a political climate heavily influenced by the military conflicts between France and Great Britain, and dealing with a travel book market dominated by translations from English, the French periodical travel review partakes in the overall mediation of national stereotypes. Relatively restrained in literary journals of the Directoire such as the Magasin encyclopédique and La Décade philosophique, the mediation of stereotypes turns into outright Anglophobic propaganda in the Napoleonic Journal de l’Empire.   

Author Biography

Marius Warholm Haugen, NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Marius Warholm Haugen is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He holds a PhD in French literature and specializes in eighteenth-century novels, travel writing, and periodical culture. He is the author of Jean Potocki: Esthétique et philosophie de l’errance (Peeters, 2014), as well as several articles on French and Italian literature, including most recently ‘“Half Sign, Half Ad”: Literary and Commercial Functions of Paratextual and In-Text Titles in the Novels of Pietro Chiari’, Italian Studies, 72.1 (2017), and ‘Re-viewing the World: Appropriations of Travel Writing in the French Periodical Press (1780–1820)’, Studies in Travel Writing, 21.2 (2017). He is currently a member of the research project Enlightenment News: Periodical Publication, Newspapers, and the Digital Archive.

Published
2017-12-30
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Articles