Walking and the Aesthetics of Modernity

Pedestrian Mobility in Literature and the Arts

Editors: Benesch, Klaus, Specq, François (Eds.)

  • Discusses the topic of walking through a range of interdisciplinary material including literature, visual art, philosophy, and film
  • Brings together an impressive array of international scholars, critics, and artists
  • Offers complex visions and reinterpretations of a human’s relation to modernity.
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This book gathers together an array of international scholars, critics, and artists concerned with the issue of walking as a theme in modern literature, philosophy, and the arts. Covering a wide array of authors and media from eighteenth-century fiction writers and travelers to contemporary film, digital art, and artists’ books, the essays collected here take a broad literary and cultural approach to the art of walking, which has received considerable interest due to the burgeoning field of mobility studies. Contributors demonstrate how walking, far from constituting a simplistic, naïve, or transparent cultural script, allows for complex visions and reinterpretations of a human’s relation to modernity, introducing us to a world of many different and changing realities.

About the authors

Klaus Benesch is Professor of English and American Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. He is the author of Romantic Cyborgs: Authorship and Technology in the American Renaissance.

 

François Specq is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France.

Reviews

“From Rousseau’s reveries of a solitary walker in nature to Baudelaire’s curious Parisian flâneur, the eminently human act of walking has inspired writing, art, and reflection in a wide range of registers. The stimulating essays collected here approach ‘pedestrian mobility’ in its relationship to creativity in modern case studies from De Quincey and Diderot to Colm Tóibín, Patricia Lefèbvre’s Femme qui marche and Gus Van Sant’s ‘Walking Trilogy.’ This book makes readers keenly aware of whole new ways of understanding a most common human activity.” (Werner Sollors, Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English and Professor of African-American Studies, Harvard University, USA and author of “The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s”)

“A fascinating collection of essays that will be indispensable to scholars and students of modernism and cultural studies.  Building on the new consciousness of place, the contributors explore walking as a model for literary structure, and as a way of discovering, dreaming, remembering, and forgetting. The volume has an impressive range, from Baudelaire and Thoreau to Walter Benjamin, Edith Wharton, Gary Snyder, and Jennifer Egan, and including film and photography as well. Together, the essays validate powerfully the editors’ argument for the centrality of mobility studies to modernism.” (Miles Orvell, Professor of English, Temple University, USA and author of “The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory Space, and Community”)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Walking the Streets of London in the Eighteenth Century: A Performative Art?

    Peraldo, Emmanuelle

    Pages 3-14

  • Musing, Painting, and Writing: Walking as an Art in Diderot’s Promenade Vernet (Salon de 1767)

    Fabre, Juliette

    Pages 15-28

  • “Du croisement de leurs innombrables rapports”: Baudelaire and De Quincey’s flâneurs

    Murail, Estelle

    Pages 29-41

  • How Poetry Comes to Him: An Excursion to Gary Snyder’s Wild Poetics

    Pughe, Thomas

    Pages 43-61

  • Revisiting the American “Walk Poem”: A.R. Ammons, Charles Olson, and Jonathan Williams

    Rumsey, Lacy

    Pages 63-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Walking and the Aesthetics of Modernity
Book Subtitle
Pedestrian Mobility in Literature and the Arts
Editors
  • Klaus Benesch
  • François Specq
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60364-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60364-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60282-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 331
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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