Shelley, Travel, and Tourism

Benjamin Colbert

in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Shelley, Travel, and Tourism

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This chapter begins by describing Shelley's travels. It then discusses their relation to ‘literary’ tourism, the making ‘permanent’ of poetry in and through place; and Shelley's attraction to tombs, ruins, and places inscribed by the dead as a special kind of literary tourism: necro-tourism. The chapter suggests that the most interesting thing about Shelley as a tourist/traveller is his self-analysis, his attempt to come to terms with tourism as an epistemological and cultural phenomenon.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; Mary Shelley; travellers; travelling; literary tourism; tombs; ruins; self-analysis

Article.  7939 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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