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Authorial Effects at Work in the English Lakes: The Curious Case of Tarn Hows

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/09/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Nineteenth-Century Contexts
Issue number4
Volume42
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)433-448
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date10/07/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This article forms part of a special issue entitled 'Placing the Author in Ecologies of Literary Tourism'. The article examines one of the more curious beauty spots on the literary tourist’s map of the English Lake District: Tarn Hows, near Coniston. This artificial lake, with its islands and ornamental groves, is one of the most iconic properties in the Lake District, and tracing its development as a visitor attraction reveals how particular writers have influenced the management of the region’s landscapes. The history of Tarn Hows affirms the effects that some of the Lake District’s most notable literary figures, including both the Wordsworths and Beatrix Potter, had on the property’s design and preservation. Taking note of these effects is interesting for the insights they afford into the construction of the Lake District’s cultural status. But noting the effects the Wordsworths and Potter had on Tarn Hows is also valuable because it helps us conceive of the idea of ‘the author effect’ in a different way. Building on Nicola Watson’s recent consideration of the influence of ‘authors’ effects’ on the interpretation of certain writers, I propose an alternative way of understanding how the actions of particular authors have affected the histories of specific places. Such an understanding, I contend, enables us to appreciate how seemingly non-literary locations, like Tarn Hows, can become sites of interest for literary tourists.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Nineteenth-Century Contexts on 10/07/2020, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08905495.2020.1782013