9780472051861

Are We There Yet?: Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism

  • ISBN 13:

    9780472051861

  • ISBN 10:

    0472051865

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/26/2012
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr

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Summary

Are We There Yet?: Virtual Travel and Victorian Realismconnects the Victorian fascination with "virtual travel" with the rise of realism in 19th-century fiction and 21st-century experiments in virtual reality. Even as the expansion of river and railway networks in the 19th century made travel easier than ever before, staying at home and fantasizing about travel turned into a favorite pastime. New ways of representing place---360-degree panoramas, foldout river maps, exhaustive railway guides---offered themselves as substitutes for actual travel. Thinking of these representations as a form of "virtual travel" reveals a surprising continuity between the Victorian fascination with imaginative dislocation and 21st-century efforts to use digital technology to expand the physical boundaries of the self.

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