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, 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 flaneurs. 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.
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 liberte 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 sacre. Surrealisme, cinema, ethnologie (1995).
Verlag Peter Lang
Date of Publication
French Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries