A Boston Brahmin Abroad: George Ticknor, Hispanism, and Dartmouth

George Ticknor, Journal, Madrid,1818

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Title

George Ticknor, Journal, Madrid,1818

Caption

In the entry for "1818 Summer in Madrid," Ticknor dedicates a long passage to bullfighting. Unlike contemporaries such as Washington Irving, Ticknor does not offer a purely romantic portrait of the bullfights. Rather, he describes feeling "unmanned" by them and overcome at the "horrid sights I witnessed." In much of his journal writing, he aims at erudition and educating the imagined reader about the history, geography, or cultural practices of the place he is visiting. In this passage, we encounter a different -- and more human -- side of the author.

Creator

George Ticknor

Date Created

1818

Rights

Public domain

Bibliographic Citation

George Ticknor, Journal, 1818, George Ticknor Papers, MS-983 Box 2 Folder 7, Rauner Special Collections Library.

Filename

exhTicknor-madrid_1818-007.jpeg

Case Number

Case 2

Item Number

Item 6