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By D. McInnis

Drawing on quite a lot of drama from around the 17th century, together with works by way of Marlowe, Heywood, Jonson, Brome, Davenant, Dryden and Behn, this e-book situates voyage drama in its historic and highbrow context among the person act of interpreting in early sleek England and the communal act of recent sightseeing.

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In an illustrative example, Albrecht Meyer insisted on an exhaustive 22 Mind-Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England taxonomy of attributes of a foreign country to be recorded by the traveller, consisting of: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Cosmographie, or, the description of the worlde. Astronomie, or, the art of skill, in the course of the starres and planets. Geographie, or, the drawing and proportioning of the earth. Chorographie, or, the demonstration of Cities and Regions.

Robert Herrick is a relatively famous example of this category of reader. In his early seventeenth-century poem ‘A Country Life; To His Brother, M. Tho. Herrick’, he writes: …thou at home, without or tyde or gale, Canst in thy map securely saile; Seeing those painted countries, and so guesse By those fine shades their substances; And from thy compasse taking small advice, Buy’st travell at the lowest price. (49) 28 Mind-Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England In this regard, travel writing was inheriting a role which had been performed more or less exclusively by maps and globes, which ( John Dee informs us) could serve practical purposes or function as a rudimentary form of virtual reality: While, some, to beautifie their Halls, Parlers, Chambers, Galeries, Studies, or Libraries with; other some, for things past, as battels fought, earthquakes, heauenly firings, & such occurentes, in histories mentioned: therby liuely, as it were, to vewe the place, the region adioyning, the distance from vs: and such other circumstances.

Coryate caters for the mind-travelling reader. The experiences of both Coryate and Lipsius share something with the experiences attributed to the tourist by MacCannell and Urry. ’ and ‘the places wherein diuers famous battels haue beene fought’, or in seeing ‘the house, where Plinie dwelt, the countrey wherein the famous Virgill, or the renowmed Ouid was borne’, Coryate and Lipsius (respectively) allude to objects which deserve the tourist gaze because they are extraordinary; and their extraordinariness is based on their historical or literary associations, just like ‘the building in Dallas from which president Kennedy was supposedly shot, or the vicarage in Haworth, Yorkshire, where the Brontës lived’ (Urry 101).

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