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Walking, Literature, and English Culture: The Origins and Uses of Peripatetic in the Nineteenth Century

Anne D. Wallace


This book is a cultural history of walking in 19th-century England, assessing its importance in literature and in culture at large. Engaging with current debates about the relationship between industrialization and cultural production, and between technology and the picturesque, the book examines the forces that transformed walking from an unwelcomed fact of life to a celebrated activity for mind and body. Rereading Wordsworth in the context of contemporary changes in transport, agriculture, and aesthetics, it articulates a previously unacknowledged literary mode — peripatetic. Walking and its ... More

Keywords: cultural history, walking, 19th-century England, literature, Wordsworth, peripatetic, Victorian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183280
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne D. Wallace, author
University of Southern Mississippi