The Walk: Notes on a Romantic Image

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 144 pages

"The Walk," a meditation on walking and on the literature of walking, ruminates on this pervasive, even commonplace, modern image. It is not so much an argument as a journey along the path of literature, noting the occasions and settings, the pleasures and possibilities of different types of walking--through the country or city, during day or night, alone or with someone--and the literatures--the poems, essays, stories, novels, and diaries--walking has produced.

Jeffrey C. Robinson's discussion is less criticism than appreciation: with an autobiographical bent, he leads the reader through Romantic, modern, and contemporary literature to show us the shared pleasures of reading, writing, and walking.

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Contents

Introduction
3
Walking and the Self
17
The Walking Essay and the Compulsion to Collect
29
Walking Romanticism
35
Engagement
46
Civilization and the Sacred
55
The Walk as Comedy
63
Walking and Solitude
70
The Urban Walker
88
The Peripatetic Philosopher
100
The Bridge
112
Epilogue
119
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About the author (2006)

Robinson has published widely in Romantic Studies. He is co-editor, along with Jerome Rothenberg, of Poems for the Millennium, Volume Three: The University of California Book of Romantic and Post-Romantic Poetry. A winner of Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, he has taught at the University of Colorado in Boulder since 1971.

Gilbert is a professor of English at Cornell University. He has also been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.

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