A CRITICAL READER OF THE ROMANTIC GRAND TOUR
Tristes Plaisirs

CHLOE CHARD
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This volume assembles fascinating passages from late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century accounts of travel in Italy, by Northern Europeans, writing in English (or, in some cases, translated into English at the time). The extracts often focus on the labile moods that contribute to the 'triste plaisir' of travelling (as Madame de Staël termed it): moods such as restlessness, anxiety, exhaustion, animal exuberance, sexual excitement and piqued curiosity. The introduction considers some of these responses in relation to the preoccupations and rhetorical strategies of travel writing during the Romantic period.