“Imagined Ghosts on Unfrequented Roads”: Gothic Tourism in Nineteenth-Century Cornwall

  • Joan Passey
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


This chapter considers the representation of Cornwall as a dark touristic site in nineteenth-century travel guides, in the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Wilkie Collins, and in tourist sites today that promote themselves as Gothic. In the nineteenth-century Cornwall was undergoing radical changes, one of which was its sudden popularity as a tourist destination with advancements in transportation. In writing throughout the period, the county is represented as distant, foreign, and barbarous—a site for Gothic encounters. Many of these representations suggest that traveling into Cornwall means traveling into the distant past, and many tourist destinations aim to recreate a savage past to create a sense of both spatial and temporal dislocation.

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  • Joan Passey
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  1. 1.University of ExeterCornwall CampusPenrynUK

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