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French Romantic Travel Writing: Chateaubriand to Nerval (Hardback)
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French Romantic Travel Writing: Chateaubriand to Nerval (Hardback)

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Hardback 466 Pages / Published: 08/12/2011
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In the first half of the nineteenth century most leading French Romantic authors wrote travel books. French Romantic Travel Writing is the first study exclusively devoted to surveying the travelogues they produced and the reasons for, and significance of, this trend. Whilst 'the journey' was one of Romanticism's central images, 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, Stael, Stendhal, Nodier, Hugo, Lamartine, Nerval, Gautier, Sand, Custine, Quinet, Merimee, Dumas, and Tristan all wrote one or more travelogues, including at least four masterpieces-Hugo's Le Rhin (1842), Nerval's Voyage en Orient (1851), and Stendhal's two Rome, Naples et Florence (1817 and 1826). The book explores the reasons for this difference from England and Germany. These include French foreign and cultural policies, as well as the particular needs of Parisian publishers. It puts forward the case for the collective achievement of these Romantic travel books, compared to those of most later writers in nineteenth-century France. A distinctive feature of the survey is its belief in the value of concentrating on the text of these books as published by their authors, as opposed to manuscript and peripheral material.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199233540
Number of pages: 466
Weight: 874 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
ouvrage majeur sur la litterature de voyage en France a l'epoque romantique [...] on a rarement vu une connaissance aussi precise des textes sollicites [...] l'auteur [...] n'est pas pour autant insensible aux aspects politiques du Voyage, dont il montre bien qu'il contribue [...] a reinventer l'image de la France et sa place dans le monde [...] un ouvrage tres substantiel dont on peut penser qu'il fera date. * Sarga Moussa, Revue de litterature comparee *
La vaste erudition dont temoigne cet ouvrage et sa visee synthetique en fait une somme tres utile pour les dix-neuviemistes qui cherchent a mieux apprehender ce phenomene du voyageur ecrivain romantique [...] les femmes ecrivains sont l'objet du chapitre IX de l'ouvrage, leur donnant un eclairage particulier. Ecriture de resistance politique et de liberation, ou le moi se preserve autant qu'il cherche a se dire, le recit viatique romantique au feminin debute logiquement avec Mme de Stael, se poursuit avec Flora Tristan et se termine avec George Sand et ses Lettres d'un Voyageur. * Sebastien Baudouin, Studi francesi. *
[An] exhaustive study ... with impressive breadth and detail ... a must read for experienced scholars and for those who seek a solid introduction to the field. * N. Christine Brookes, Nineteenth Century French Studies *
As well as describing the characteristics of the sub-genre, French Romantic Travel Writing offers an accessible starting point for beginners in the field, including concise summaries of travellers voyages, attitudes and styles...Although aware of the theoretical debates in the adjacent areas of Orientalism and postcolonial studies, Thompson keeps them at a distance, preferring to aim for clarity and accessibility, and considering a remarkable range of works. * Jennifer Yee, Studies in Travel Writing *
It is difficult to imagine a more impressively researched volume. The author goes to great lengths to distinguish his analysis from previous studies on travel and writing ... Highly recommended. * W. Edwards, Choice *
With its extensive bibliography, Professor Thompson's book highlights the achievement represented by the genre's key works ... a wide-ranging and rewarding exploration. * Peter Cogman, Time Literary Supplement *

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