Klaus Benesch & François Specq (dir.). Walking and the Aesthetics of Modernity : Pedestrian Mobility in Literature and the Arts. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. xxv + 331 p.
This book gathers together an array of international scholars, critics, and artists concerned with the issue of walking as a theme in modern literature, philosophy, and the arts. Covering a wide array of authors and media from eighteenth-century fiction writers and travelers to contemporary film, digital art, and artists’ books, the essays collected here take a broad literary and cultural approach to the art of walking, which has received considerable interest due to the burgeoning field of mobility studies. Contributors demonstrate how walking, far from constituting a simplistic, naïve, or transparent cultural script, allows for complex visions and reinterpretations of a human’s relation to modernity, introducing us to a world of many different and changing realities.
Modern(s) Walking : An IntroductionKlaus Benesch & François Specq
Part I. Poetics.Walking the Streets of London in the Eighteenth Century: A Performative Art?Emmanuelle PeraldoMusing, Painting, and Writing: Walking as an Art in Diderot’s Promenade Vernet (Salon de 1767)Juliette Fabre“Du croisement de leurs innombrables rapports”: Baudelaire and De Quincey’s flâneursEstelle MurailHow Poetry Comes to Him: An Excursion to Gary Snyder’s Wild PoeticsThomas PugheRevisiting the American “Walk Poem”: A.R. Ammons, Charles Olson, and Jonathan WilliamsLacy RumseyPart II. PerformanceMarianne Colston’s Art of Walking: Gendering the Picturesque in Journal of a Tour in France, Switzerland, and ItalyIsabelle BaudinoFollowing Footprints: Photography, Writing, and the Artist’s Book in Art WalkingBridget SheridanWayfaring in the Megacity: Tsai Ming-Liang’s Walker and Lav Diaz’s MelancholiaGabrielle FinnaneThe Art of Walking in Space and Time: The Quest for LondonTatiana PogossianWalking with the World: Toward an Ecological Approach to Performative Art PracticeAndrew GoodmanPart III. PathologyThe Art of Walking and the Mindscapes of Trauma in Thomas De Quincey’s Autobiographical Works: The Pains of Wandering, the Pains of RememberingFrançoise Duperon-LafayWriting Dromomania in the Romantic Era: Nerval, Collins, and Charlotte BrontëSarah MombertA Juggernaut in the Streets of London: Walking as Destructive Force in R.L. Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeCatherine M. WelterThomas Wolfe and the Urban Night Prowl: Walking, Modernism, and MythAmélie MoisyExistential Wanderings in Gus Van Sant’s “Walking Trilogy”: Gerry, Elephant, and Last DaysSophie WalonPart IV. PoliticsPerambulating the Village: Henry David Thoreau and the Politics of “Walking”Julien NègreWalking in Wartime: Edith Wharton’s “The Look of Paris”Virginia RicardPound, Peripatetic Verse, and the Postwar Liberal AestheticAndrew S. GrossThe Art of the “Good Step” in Colm Tóibín’s Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border (1987)Marie MianowskiWalking and Technology in the Fiction of Jennifer Egan: Moving toward the PosthumanAndrew EstesBibliographyIndex