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French Romantic Travel Writing: Chateaubriand to Nerval

C. W. Thompson


Most leading French authors wrote travel books in the first half of the nineteenth century. This book is the first study exclusively devoted to surveying the Romantic travelogues they produced and the reasons for and significance of this trend. For while ‘the journey’ was a central image and myth of all Romanticism, suggesting as it did a dynamic, expanding, and evermore complex world in which artists' lives were increasingly experienced as wanderings and endless quests, the fashion for Romantic travel books was more marked in France than in Germany or England. Chateaubriand, Staël, Stendhal, ... More

Keywords: travelogues, travel books, Romanticism, quests, cultural policy, Chateaubriand, Staël, Stendhal, Nodier, Hugo, Lamartine, Gautier, Nerval, Sand, Mérimée, Custine, Quinet, Dumas, Tristan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. W. Thompson, author
Emeritus Professor of French, University of Warwick