Victorians In The Mountains

Author: Ann C. Colley
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317001990
File Size: 52,29 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Read: 4286
Download

In her compelling book, Ann C. Colley examines the shift away from the cult of the sublime that characterized the early part of the nineteenth century to the less reverential perspective from which the Victorians regarded mountain landscapes. And what a multifaceted perspective it was, as unprecedented numbers of the Victorian middle and professional classes took themselves off on mountaineering holidays so commonplace that the editors of Punch sarcastically reported that the route to the summit of Mont Blanc was to be carpeted. In Part One, Colley mines diaries and letters to interrogate how everyday tourists and climbers both responded to and undercut ideas about the sublime, showing how technological advances like the telescope transformed mountains into theatrical spaces where tourists thrilled to the sight of struggling climbers; almost inevitably, these distant performances were eventually reenacted at exhibitions and on the London stage. Colley's examination of the Alpine Club archives, periodicals, and other primary resources offers a more complicated and inclusive picture of female mountaineering as she documents the strong presence of women on successful expeditions in the latter half of the century. In Part Two, Colley turns to John Ruskin, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Robert Louis Stevenson, whose writings about the Alps reflect their feelings about their Romantic heritage and shed light on their ideas about perception, metaphor, and literary style. Colley concludes by offering insights into the ways in which expeditions to the Himalayas affected people's sense of the sublime, arguing that these individuals were motivated as much by the glory of Empire as by aesthetic sensibility. Her ambitious book is an astute exploration of nationalism, as well as theories of gender, spectacle, and the technicalities of glacial movement that were intruding on what before had seemed inviolable.
Victorians in the Mountains
Language: en
Pages: 266
Authors: Ann C. Colley
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-02-24 - Publisher: Routledge

In her compelling book, Ann C. Colley examines the shift away from the cult of the sublime that characterized the early part of the nineteenth century to the less reverential perspective from which the Victorians regarded mountain landscapes. And what a multifaceted perspective it was, as unprecedented numbers of the
Topographic Memory and Victorian Travellers in the Dolomite Mountains
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: William Bainbridge
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-08 - Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

Guided by the romantic compass of Byron, Ruskin, and Turner, Victorian travellers to the Dolomites sketched in the mountainous backdrop of Venice a cultural 'Petit Tour' of global significance. As they zigzagged across a debatable land between Italy and Austria, Victorians discovered a unique geography characterized by untrodden peaks and
The New Mountaineer in Late Victorian Britain
Language: en
Pages: 257
Authors: Alan McNee
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-04-18 - Publisher: Springer

This book is about the rise of a new ethos in British mountaineering during the late nineteenth century. It traces how British attitudes to mountains were transformed by developments both within the new sport of mountaineering and in the wider fin-de-si├Ęcle culture. The emergence of the new genre of mountaineering
Mountaineering and British Romanticism
Language: en
Pages: 287
Authors: Simon Bainbridge
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-16 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book examines the relationship between Romantic-period writing and the activity that Samuel Taylor Coleridge christened 'mountaineering' in 1802. It argues that mountaineering developed as a pursuit in Britain during the Romantic era, earlier than is generally recognised, and shows how writers including William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Ann Radcliffe, Samuel
Nature and the Victorian Imagination
Language: en
Pages: 519
Authors: U. C. Knoepflmacher, G. B. Tennyson
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1977-01-01 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

Books about Nature and the Victorian Imagination