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The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination$
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Carl Thompson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259984

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259984.001.0001

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Tourists: Diversification and Disdain, 1760–1830

Tourists: Diversification and Disdain, 1760–1830

(p.31) 1 Tourists: Diversification and Disdain, 1760–1830
The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination

Carl Thompson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter situates Romantic acts of travel in their larger context, which is the upsurge of tourism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The various modes of tourism that emerge in this period are discussed, as well as its corollary: a growing ethos of anti-tourism amongst some travellers. The chapter then goes on to discuss the forms of contemporary tourism that most irritated or unsettled the Romantic imagination, notably the Grand Tour, the picturesque tour, and the rise in the number of women travellers. It also explores some of the practices by which Romantic travellers defined themselves against these tourists, such as pedestrianism.

Keywords:   travel, travel writing, tourism, Grand Tour, picturesque tour, pedestrianism, women travellers, anti-tourism, Romantic, Romanticism

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