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The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination

Carl Thompson


This book explores the romance that can attach to the notion of suffering in travel, and the importance of the persona of ‘suffering traveller’ in the Romantic self-fashioning of figures, such as Wordsworth and Byron. It considers how the Romantics sought to differentiate themselves from other contemporary tourists by following alternative models and alternative travel ‘scripts’ in both their travel and their travel writing. Rejecting more conventional roles, such as those of the picturesque tourist and the Grand Tourist, the Romantic traveller's anti-tourism leads to an emphasis on authentici ... More

Keywords: travel, travel writing, Romanticism, Romantic poetry, tourism, anti-tourism, authenticity, adventure, misadventure, exploration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259984
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Thompson, author
Lecturer in English, Nottingham Trent University
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