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Author Solnit, Rebecca.

Title Wanderlust : a history of walking / Rebecca Solnit.

Imprint New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Lamanda Park Branch Non-Fiction    796.5109 SOLNIT    Available
Description viii, 326 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-318) and index.
Contents I. The Pace of Thoughts 1 -- 1. Tracing a Headland: An Introduction 3 -- 2. The Mind at Three Miles an Hour 14 -- 3. Rising and Falling: The Theorists of Bipedalism 30 -- 4. The Uphill Road to Grace: Some Pilgrimages 45 -- 5. Labyrinths and Cadillacs: Walking into the Realm of the Symbolic 64 -- II. From the Garden to the Wild 79 -- 6. The Path Out of the Garden 81 -- 7. The Legs of William Wordsworth 104 -- 8. A Thousand Miles of Conventional Sentiment: The Literature of Walking 118 -- 9. Mount Obscurity and Mount Arrival 133 -- 10. Of Walking Clubs and Land Wars 148 -- III. Lives of the Streets 169 -- 11. The Solitary Stroller and the City 171 -- 12. Paris, or Botanizing on the Asphalt 196 -- 13. Citizens of the Streets: Parties, Processions, and Revolutions 214 -- 14. Walking After Midnight: Women, Sex, and Public Space 232 -- IV. Past the End of the Road 247 -- 15. Aerobic Sisyphus and the Suburbanized Psyche 249 -- 16. The Shape of a Walk 267 -- 17. Las Vegas, or the Longest Distance Between Two Points 277.
Summary "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. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Walking -- History.
Hiking -- History.
Voyages and travels.
ISBN 0140286012

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