Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Wanderlust: A History of Walking

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by Rebecca Solnit
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0670882097

ISBN-13: 9780670882090

Pub. Date: 04/10/2000

Publisher: Viking Adult

In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories -- of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores -- to create a portrait of the range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history signifies walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and

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In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories -- of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores -- to create a portrait of the range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history signifies walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit hones in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of the mountaineers.

Solnit's book finds a profound relationship between walking and thinking, walking and culture, and argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in an evermore automobile-dependent and accelerated world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670882090
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Publication date:
04/10/2000
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
I.The Pace of Thoughts1
1.Tracing a Headland: An Introduction3
2.The Mind at Three Miles an Hour14
3.Rising and Falling: The Theorists of Bipedalism30
4.The Uphill Road to Grace: Some Pilgrimages45
5.Labyrinths and Cadillacs: Walking into the Realm of the Symbolic64
II.From the Garden to the Wild79
6.The Path Out of the Garden81
7.The Legs of William Wordsworth104
8.A Thousand Miles of Conventional Sentiment: The Literature of Walking118
9.Mount Obscurity and Mount Arrival133
10.Of Walking Clubs and Land Wars148
III.Lives of the Streets169
11.The Solitary Stroller and the City171
12.Paris, or Botanizing on the Asphalt196
13.Citizens of the Streets: Parties, Processions, and Revolutions214
14.Walking After Midnight: Women, Sex, and Public Space232
IV.Past the End of the Road247
15.Aerobic Sisyphus and the Suburbanized Psyche249
16.The Shape of a Walk267
17.Las Vegas, or the Longest Distance Between Two Points277
Notes293
Index319
Sources for Foot Quotations325

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