In my previous blogs on walking, I’ve looked at pedestrianism in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, examining the text through the lens of late 19th century figure of the flaneur; I’ve explored walking in Jane Eyre and its association with windows and thresholds; more recently, I wrote a series of blogs on the various forms… Continue reading Walking and Shakespeare
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In the last blog, I wrote about the connections between walking and nature in Frankenstein. On the one hand, there are the rational, Romantic imaginations of Victor and Clerval who observe and document the landscape to present it to the reader as if they were viewing the scene…
In the last blog, I wrote about the connections between walking and nature in Frankenstein. On the one hand, there are the rational, Romantic imaginations of Victor and Clerval who observe and document the landscape to present it to the reader as if they were viewing the scene through a cinema screen; on the other… Continue reading Frankenstein, urban walking and the uncanny.
T.S. Eliot argued, in his 1929 essay on Dante’s poetry, that “all poetry communicates before it is understood”. One way of interpreting this is to see that there is an instant emotive, perhaps even visceral, response to reading a text that precedes the more considered analytical, cerebral one that gives it deeper significance. Eliot’s quotation… Continue reading “But first I must feel it as a reader…”
(Bibliothèque de Genève) In the last blog, I wrote about the ‘walking continuum’ on which we can position the variety of perambulatory experiences described in literature. At the one end of this continuum is the purely observational walk: the walk that acts as a sort of mobile camera through which readers can see through the… Continue reading Frankenstein: walking with mind and with body
In the last blog, I discussed the links between walking and death in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This was the first in a series of blogs examining walking in the novel, and I want to move on to how, in the novel, Mary Shelley is able to shift between walking as observational and as experience. Before… Continue reading The sensation of walking: a preface to observations on Walking in Frankenstein…
Some thoughts on walking in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein For many of us, the moment is seared into our cultural memory: a door opens in a darkened, stone-walled cell, its aperture filled with the frame of something huge that walks, unsteadily, and backwards, across its threshold towards us. Whilst its face is hidden, there is no… Continue reading Walking with Frankenstein