Representing the Landscape of the Sierra Nevada (Granada): A ‘Translated’ Mountain of Reception of the Nineteenth-Century Alpine Geographical Imaginations

  • Carlos Cornejo-Nieto


The ancient Islamic city of Granada, in southern Spain, has attracted a great number of foreign travellers throughout the nineteenth century, especially British romantic tourists. It was not only the Alhambra that stirred the travellers’ imaginations and interests. Geographical imaginations of the Sierra Nevada have not been investigated yet from a global perspective of the Western cultural knowledge of mountains. This chapter examines several of those foreign travellers’ imaginations. Through the analysis of several images and narrative descriptions of the Sierra appearing in the nineteenth-century British travel accounts, the chapter shows how the aesthetic models of mountain landscapes, previously employed in the English cultural and symbolic approach of the Alps, travelled across time and space through different cultural media, and were reinterpreted in the perception of the Sierra Nevada.


Travelling landscape objects Sierra Nevada Nineteenth-century geographic imagination 


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