We are Wanderers: An Exploration of the 1872 Edition of London: A Pilgrimage
Rowlenson, Anne, English - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Vander Meulen, David, Department of English, University of Virginia
London: a Pilgrimage by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Dore is a book about looking. By positioning the reader alongside the narrator as a kind of observer, flâneur, and “wanderer”, the book creates an environment in which reader derives pleasure from the act of gazing. Lavishly illustrated and advertised as a sumptuous gift for the holiday season, even the physical form of the 1872 edition demands a kind of pleasurable looking. This thesis will explore how the book both as a text and as a physical artifact enables a scopophilic view of the city of London and its inhabitants, ultimately moving towards a more modernist conception of urbanity.
MA (Master of Arts)
travel, nineteenth century, victorian, London
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