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Introduction

  • Heidi LiedkeEmail author
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Abstract

Liedke introduces the central characteristics of idleness as developed in this book. She then gives a brief overview of what has been written in the field of literary and cultural studies on the topics of travel (writing) in the context of nineteenth-century England and the history of leisure and idleness. The chapter identifies these issues as central topics for the Victorian period and argues that the book offers a new perspective by linking the discourse on travel and that of idleness/leisure and shedding light on a counter-discourse emerging at that time that in many ways anticipates trends in twenty-first-century cultural production and lifestyle. The Victorian age is, in fact, the cradle of what is nowadays referred to as “slow travel” and “mindfulness.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Koblenz-LandauLandauGermany
  2. 2.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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