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    Book review: Lessons of Travel in Eighteenth‐Century France: From Grand Tour to School Trips

    Filet, Jérémy (2021) Book review: Lessons of Travel in Eighteenth‐Century France: From Grand Tour to School Trips. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 44 (3). pp. 326-327. ISSN 1754-0194

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    Abstract

    After his studies on travellers visiting England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Philosophies du voyage, 2016), Gábor Gelléri focuses his second monograph on France. The author analyses a wide range of texts belonging to the hybrid genre of travel advice literature: the ars apodemica. These prescriptive texts, arts of travel, are described as ‘a discussion of whether one should travel, and how to make travel beneficial’ (p.205), but Gelléri goes the extra mile by analysing them as a ‘discourse on practice’ (p.7) and a ‘practice of discourse’ (p.140). To do so, Gelléri structures his book in six distinct and complementary chapters, which refer back to one another.

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