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Walking, Literature, and English CultureThe Origins and Uses of Peripatetic in the Nineteenth Century$
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Anne D. Wallace

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183280

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183280.001.0001

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Walking as Ideology

Walking as Ideology

(p.166) 4 Walking as Ideology
Walking, Literature, and English Culture

Anne D. Wallace

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the changing interpretative meaning of excursive walking observed and practiced by the educated and the wealthy during the 19th century. In this chapter, the focus is centred on excursive walking, wandering, and pedestrian touring — an increasing trend in the highest echelon of English society during the mid-19th century seen and perceived as an educative means of travel. The restrictive nature of walking as a necessity was changed into a deliberate educative travel bounded by aesthetics and recreation. This chapter discusses the natural and primitive quality of the physical act of walking wherein walking is seen as a means to reconnect with the natural proportions of man's perceptions, to reconnect the physical world to the moral order inherent in it, and to enable the recollection of the personal past and the racial past.

Keywords:   excursive walking, wandering, pedestrian touring, educative travel, walking, recreation

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