The Dangers of Idle Time

  • Heidi LiedkeEmail author


In this chapter, Liedke argues that while panorama or river trips were characterized by a widening of the angle, touristic travel resembled a limited view on the visited destination. Guidebooks, in particular, upheld this notion by presenting their readers with pre-packaged tours that suggested destinations that could be “ticked off.” Since they also reflect the ways in which leisure and idleness were negotiated within the Victorian discourse, this chapter provides an analysis of two guidebooks (from the 1840s to 1860s), paying particular attention to passages that take up the semantic field of “to idle.” Liedke develops that these texts provided their readers with methods how to tackle the dangers of idle, that is empty, stretches of time. The chapter then ties these observations back to notions of work and leisure, arguing that assessments in periodical articles in particular constructed a conceptual link between travel and work.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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