Romantic Writing and Pedestrian Travel
Romantic Writing and Pedestrian Travel is an exploration of the relationship between walking and writing. It argues that much Romantic literature has its source in a remarkable transformation in the history of travel: the rapid rise of pedestrian touring and the popularisation of recreational walking in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. Robin Jarvis here reconstructs the scene of walking, both in Britain and on the Continent, in the 1790s, and analyses the mentality and motives of the early pedestrian traveller. He then discusses the impact of this cultural revolution on the creativity of major Romantic writers, focusing especially on William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Coleridge, Clare, Keats, Hazlitt and Hunt.
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