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Unformatted text preview: Curiosity Vs. Lack of curiosity (between Humboldt and de’ Botton) T he Art of Travel Alain de Botton 17:47-Each section is based off of certain themes (Example: I. Anticipation)-Each section is then subdivided into numbered essays, each one focusing on the guide, location or image (Example: 1. 2. 3. ) DEPARTURE I. On Anticipation • 1. Bottom of page 5- Pathetic fallacy (misleading notion) o again 7. Page 25- pathetic fallacy • 3. J.K. Huysmans novel- A Rebours (1884) (Against the Grain or Against Nature) • 4. We are familiar with the notion that the reality of travel is not what we anticipate o de Botton plays with the notion of the actual experience of travel o gives three ideas/images of what he thinks Barbados is like describes what he sees on the way to the hotel… the gas station, the customs desk etc. (not being what he imagined) describes his journey in the afternoon reviews the events of his ‘adventure’ in Barbados barely recalls any memories… maybe one. • They are already ‘distilled’ • Cultivates what is left in and what is left out of our experiences of travel Twist to anticipation surprise II. On Traveling Places • 2. C harles Baudelaire o Le Voyage Describes the unsatisfactory sarcasm of traveling o He wanted to get away from where he was, wherever he was o Drawn to places where people would ‘take off’ from Harbours, docks, trains, airports etc. (a lot of English spelling) o 4. obsession with clouds • 4. Pg. 38- the pleasure of take off • 5. Edward Hopper o fascinated by Baudelaire’s poetry o traveled across America numerous times o 5. Pg. 48- Names of paintings reflected where he traveled MOTIVES I I I. On the Exotic • Gustave Flaubert o Is portrayed as almost going stir crazy from being in the same place for his whole life o Always wanted to go to Egypt (where he thought ‘exoticism’) o Dictionary of Received Ideas...
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- Spring '08
- John Ruskin, Joseph de Maistre, Botton