Publication: Walking and the Aesthetics of Modernity : Pedestrian Mobility in Literature and the Arts. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

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 Introduction
Klaus Benesch & François Specq
Part I. Poetics.
Walking the Streets of London in the Eighteenth Century: A Performative Art?
Emmanuelle Peraldo
Musing, 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 flâneurs
Estelle Murail
How Poetry Comes to Him: An Excursion to Gary Snyder’s Wild Poetics
Thomas Pughe
Revisiting the American “Walk Poem”: A.R. Ammons, Charles Olson, and Jonathan Williams
Lacy Rumsey
Part II. Performance
Marianne Colston’s Art of Walking: Gendering the Picturesque in Journal of a Tour in France, Switzerland, and Italy
Isabelle Baudino
Following Footprints: Photography, Writing, and the Artist’s Book in Art Walking
Bridget Sheridan
Wayfaring in the Megacity: Tsai Ming-Liang’s Walker and Lav Diaz’s Melancholia
Gabrielle Finnane
The Art of Walking in Space and Time: The Quest for London
Tatiana Pogossian
Walking with the World: Toward an Ecological Approach to Performative Art Practice
Andrew Goodman
Part III. Pathology
The Art of Walking and the Mindscapes of Trauma in Thomas De Quincey’s Autobiographical Works: The Pains of Wandering, the Pains of Remembering
Françoise Duperon-Lafay
Writing Dromomania in the Romantic Era: Nerval, Collins, and Charlotte Brontë
Sarah Mombert
A Juggernaut in the Streets of London: Walking as Destructive Force in R.L. Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Catherine M. Welter
Thomas Wolfe and the Urban Night Prowl: Walking, Modernism, and Myth
Amélie Moisy
Existential Wanderings in Gus Van Sant’s “Walking Trilogy”: Gerry, Elephant, and Last Days
Sophie Walon
Part IV. Politics
Perambulating the Village: Henry David Thoreau and the Politics of “Walking”
Julien Nègre
Walking in Wartime: Edith Wharton’s “The Look of Paris”
Virginia Ricard
Pound, Peripatetic Verse, and the Postwar Liberal Aesthetic
Andrew S. Gross
The Art of the “Good Step” in Colm Tóibín’s Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border (1987)
Marie Mianowski
Walking and Technology in the Fiction of Jennifer Egan: Moving toward the Posthuman
Andrew Estes
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