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The Victorian Idler’s Late-Romantic Mentality

  • Heidi LiedkeEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter introduces the idle traveller’s late-Romantic mentality and the three dimensions of re-subjectification that are traced in the case studies. Liedke uses the term re-subjectification to describe the process that brings about this state of positively understood idleness. This process has three dimensions: “readiness” (and willingness to take in new impressions), thereness (an affirmative being-in-the-world, oneness) and dynamic perception (the consciousness of being an active observer). While the first dimension, readiness, marks the default state these Victorian idlers have and that incites them to travel “differently,” the second and third dimensions, thereness and dynamic perception, are interlinked. They stand in a web of exchange: the consciousness of being the observing agent is heightened when the activity of idling (the physicality of which and the verbs used in the respective texts are reflected on in each case study) creates a sense of thereness. Conversely, this being-in-the-world only enhances the idler’s seeing agency.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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