Walking and the Aesthetics of Modernity

Pedestrian Mobility in Literature and the Arts

  • Klaus Benesch
  • François Specq

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Poetics

  3. Performance

  4. Pathology

  5. Politics

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-331

About this book


This book gathers together an array of international scholars, critics, and artists concerned with the issue of walking as a theme in modern literature, philosophy, and the arts. Covering a wide array of authors and media from eighteenth-century fiction writers and travelers to contemporary film, digital art, and artists’ books, the essays collected here take a broad literary and cultural approach to the art of walking, which has received considerable interest due to the burgeoning field of mobility studies. Contributors demonstrate how walking, far from constituting a simplistic, naïve, or transparent cultural script, allows for complex visions and reinterpretations of a human’s relation to modernity, introducing us to a world of many different and changing realities.


Mobility Studies Modernity Aesthetics of Walking Pedestrian Modernism

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Benesch
    • 1
  • François Specq
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English and American StudiesLMU MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon & CNRS (IHRIM)LyonFrance

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