Thompson, C. W.
Walking and the French Romantics
Rousseau to Sand and Hugo
Year of Publication: 2003
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2003. 160 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03910-078-1 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.250 kg, 0.551 lbs
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Walking and the French Romantics explores for the first time the relationship between walking and Romanticism in France. It maps this relationship as theme and practice, no social history of pedestrian tours in nineteenth-century France having been written. In this connection, the legacy of Rousseau and Senancour proves stronger than has been recognized, in spite of the pull of Paris and its legendary urban flâneurs. The author brings out the role of painters and of figures like Nodier, Didier and Dumas in encouraging writers to go (or imagine themselves) on the road and shows how and why pedestrian touring became popular with authors in the late 1830s. He discusses the impact of this fashion on major Romantic writers such as Nerval, Sand and Hugo. Finally he describes how walking lost its particular cultural connection with Romanticism in the 1840s.
Contents: Walking and Romanticism in France - Social experience and literary creation - Analysis of the theme of walking in the works of Rousseau, Senancour, Nodier, Didier, Sand, Nerval, Hugo, and Töpffer.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: C. W. Thompson is Emeritus Professor of French, University of Warwick (UK). He is author of Le Jeu de l'ordre et de la liberté dans La Chartreuse de Parme (1982) and Lamiel fille du feu (1997) and editor of Stendhal et l'Angleterre (with K.G. McWatters) (1987) and L'Autre et le sacré. Surréalisme, cinéma, ethnologie (1995).
French Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Vol. 13
Edited by Malcolm Cook and James Kearns