By D. McInnis
Drawing on a variety of drama from around the 17th century, together with works through Marlowe, Heywood, Jonson, Brome, Davenant, Dryden and Behn, this e-book situates voyage drama in its historic and highbrow context among the person act of studying in early smooth England and the communal act of contemporary sightseeing.
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Extra resources for Mind-Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England
To read these objections to travel, and to witness the growth of documents addressing the need to regularise travel so as to produce profitable results, one might be forgiven for assuming that early moderns never wrote about the pleasures of voyaging – and that if they did enjoy travel, they self-censored when it came to writing about their experiences. Contemporary theorists of travel have characterised late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century travel writing as ‘an exercise in acute eyewitness investigation and detached, enumerative observation’ (Adler 24; see also Frow 143, Urry 4).
I have in mind a specific sub-genre of travel literature that emerged, in England, in the late sixteenth century: the ars apodemica treatises, The Wings of Active Thought 21 or instructions for travel. Proponents of this literature in England and Europe included Robert Dallington, Philip Sidney, Robert Devereux (2nd Earl of Essex), Justus Lipsius, Albrecht Meyer, Thomas Neale, Thomas Palmer, and Jerome Turler (amongst others). A great many of these texts were written for the benefit of young aristocrats about to embark on a proto-grand tour of the Continent, and contain pragmatic advice drawn from the author’s own experiences and Humanist education.
The Politicall The Ecclesiasticall Literature. Histories. Chronicles. (Meyer B) As Louis B. Wright observed, Meyer’s ‘was not a guidebook but a syllabus of points to be observed. Its purpose was so to train observers that, in the country visited, they might study intelligently every characteristic which would be of profit or interest to their own people’ (Middle-Class Culture 527). It is in this context that Joan-Pau Rubiés has also demonstrated the contribution of such empirically-oriented travel literature, with its Ramist logic, to the rise of the new Baconian science (139–90).