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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.

Published
Dec. 15, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-488-2
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-487-5

Keywords: EuropeRoadsTravelOld RoadRuskinTourism

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