The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination by Carl ThompsonThe Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination by Carl Thompson

The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination

byCarl Thompson

Hardcover | May 31, 2007

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Carl Thompson 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-fashionings of figures such as Wordsworth and Byron. Situating such self-fashionings in the context of the upsurge of tourismin the late eighteenth century, he shows how the Romantics sought to differentiate themselves from mere tourists by following alternative models, and alternative travel 'scripts', in both their travelling and their travel writing. In a rejection of the more conventional roles of picturesque touristand Grand Tourist, Romantic travellers often preferred to style themselves as heroic explorers, oppressed and endangered mariners, even shipwreck victims. The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination accordingly returns to the sub-genres of Romantic-era travel writing - the shipwrecknarrative, the exploration narrative, the captivity narrative, and the like - that first kindled the Romantic fascination with these figures, to consider the travel scripts seemingly enabled by this source material. Paying particular attention to the narratives of shipwreck and maritime sufferingthat were a hugely popular part of Romantic-era print culture, and to the equally popular narrative of exploration, the book considers firstly the examples, traditions, and conventions that trained Romantic travellers to think that misadventure as much as adventure could be a route to visionaryexperience and literary authority. It then explores the political resonance that the figure of the suffering traveller could possess in this Revolutionary era, before treating Wordsworth and Byron as especially influential examples of the 'misadventurous' tendency in Romanticism. In so doing, TheSuffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination offers interesting new perspectives not only on British Romanticism and on travel writing of the Romantic era, but also on many attitudes, practices, and typologies still current in travel and tourism.
Carl Thompson is a Lecturer in English, Nottingham Trent University.
Title:The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic ImaginationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:May 31, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199259984

ISBN - 13:9780199259984


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Tourists: Diversification, Distinction and Disdain, 1760-18302. Misadventurers I: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives3. Misadventurers II: Social and Political Perspectives4. Explorers: Rhetorics of Science and Sacrifice5. The Romantic Traveller I: Wordsworthian Patterns of Travel and Misadventure6. The Romantic Traveller II: Byronic Patterns of Travel and MisadventureConclusion