The Legacy of the Grand Tour: New Essays on Travel, Literature, and Culture

The Legacy of the Grand Tour: New Essays on Travel, Literature, and Culture

by Lisa Colletta (Editor)


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The topos of the journey is one of the oldest in literature, and even in this age of packaged tours and mediated experience, it still remains one of the most compelling. This volume examines the ways in which the legacy of the Grand Tour is still evident in works of travel and literature. From its aristocratic origins and the permutations of sentimental and romantic travel to the age of tourism and globalization, the Grand Tour still influences the destinations tourists choose and shapes the ideas of culture and sophistication that surround the act of travel. The essays in this collection examine a wide variety of literature-travel, memoir, and fiction-and explore the ways travel and ideas of "culture" have evolved since the heyday of the Grand Tour in the 18th century. The sites of the Grand Tour remain a powerful cultural draw, and they continue to define ideas of taste and learning for those who visit them.

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ISBN-13: 9781611477993
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.65(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Lisa Colletta is professor of English and director of the Communication and English Program at the American University of Rome.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: The Grand Tour and its Legacy, Lisa Colletta Chapter 1: 'Fog in the Channel': Joking, Laughing, and Traveling Chloe Chard Chapter 2: Ellis Cornelia Knight as Artist, Writer, and Traveler in Late Eighteenth-Century Italy Clare Hornsby Chapter 3: Violet Ida Chomley: "not the 'Grand Tour' but the 'Downward Path'" Laura Olcelli Chapter 4: Three British Travelers in Egypt: Sophia Lane Poole, Lucie Duff Gordon, and Emmeline Lott Elisabetta Marino Chapter 5: George Eliot On and Off the Beaten Track: "Recollections" of Germany and Italy Andrew Thompson Chapter 6: D.H. Lawrence's Anti-Tour of Fascist Italy: Sea and Sardinia and Etruscan Places Judy Suh Chapter 7: Postcolonial Valediction: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus and the Legacies of the Grand Tour James Buzard Chapter 8: Consuming Italy: From Goethe's Italian Journey to Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love Shannon Russell Chapter 9: Ripley's Tour: The Grand Tour as Confidence Trick in The Talented Mr. Ripley Lisa Colletta Chapter 10: See Rome-and Die: Legacies of the Grand Tour in a Roman Cemetery Nicholas Stanley-Price About the Contributors

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