‘A threatening din and clamour’: cultural dissonance in the Lake District’s harmonious landscape

Ferguson, Paul ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1789-6395 (2023) ‘A threatening din and clamour’: cultural dissonance in the Lake District’s harmonious landscape. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14688417.2023.2228806


The Lake District’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017 foregrounded the harmonious relationship between culture and nature in the cultural landscape. Looking at the Lakes from a perspective that problematises both harmony (for Prynne a ‘function of money’), and culture (for E.P. Thompson ‘a whole way of conflict’), this article considers the landscape in the contexts of farming, tourism, economic growth and finally COVID-19. I argue that visitor activity following the easing of lockdown restrictions in 2020 and 2021 can be understood as offering a challenge to the dominant narrative of harmony underpinning the region with an uncomfortable apocalyptic revelation of a consumer culture that tourist destinations such as the Lakes more often work to conceal.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 2168-1414
Departments: Institute of Arts > Humanities
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2023 13:47
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 14:00
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7205


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