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A Critical Reader of the Romantic Grand Tour


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Preface Introduction I: Triste plaisir II: The tropes of travel: how to avoid languor in language 1. Pleasure I: The foreign and the familiar II: Tourism: the management of pleasure 2. Rising and sinking in sublime places 3. Danger and destabilization I: Indolent delicious reverie II: Disease, debilitation and delusions of revival III: Banditti 4. Art, unease and life I: Odd spectators II: Sculpture studios; socializing with works of art 5. Gastronomy, gusto and the geography of the haunted Bibliography

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Chloe Chard lives and works in London


To call a book about the Grand Tour 'Tristes Plaisirs' shows originality. Usually, the dissipaions of the Society of Dilettanti and other milordi are characterised as a rollicking, aristocratic equivalent of a gap year, but the travellers' accounts anthologised in this book show that pleasure seeking could also be a serious affair.' Not only is this book as well researched as one would expect from its scholarly authors, but it is lso lavishly illustrated to illuminate the points they make: a dozen colour plates and more than 100 black-and-white drawings and photographs make the reader feel they have been on a grand tour themselves. -- .

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