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Published: 10 January 2002

348 Pages | 19 halftone engravings


ISBN: 9780199247004

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Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel-Writing, 1770-1840

'From an Antique Land'

Nigel Leask

  • A pioneering exploration of the rich field of Romantic-period travelogues, viewed as literary works as well as historical documents.
  • Traces the evolving aesthetics of travel-writing from the late Enlightenment to the start of Victoria's reign, via concepts of 'curiosity', antiquarianism, and the picturesque to the flowering of the Romantic 'transcendental self'.
  • An important contribution to the debate about colonial discourse and a reformulation of the relations between literature, aesthetics, and empire.