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Songlines: Ruskin and the Roads of Europe

Howard Hull    Brantwood, UK    

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Ruskin’s Europe can be understood as a network of roads, physical and imaginary, which interconnect in a single vital configuration. Ruskin saw this as a distinct terroir, a cultural and spatial ecosystem created over millennia. What he termed the ‘Old Road’ is an attempt to unify the topographical and historical discovery of physical journeying to a conceptual road of intellectual reflection and the imagination. Ruskin used, but lamented, the railways just as we use, but lament, the internet. These powerful tools come at a price, fore shortening encounter, memory and time. Ruskin fought to defend Europe’s old road as one we are in danger of forgetting and which he called on us to reclaim.

keywords: Ruskin. Europe. Old Road. Roads. Travel. Tourism.

Language: en

Published: Dec. 15, 2020  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-487-5/014

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