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UT Humanities Center: Public Books Circle with Professor Matthew Brauer
Discussion of Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit

Called a passionate, thought-provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, Wanderlust draws together many histories–of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.

Matthew Brauer is UT Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies and specializes in the literatures of North Africa from the nineteenth century to the present. He focuses on Arabic and French literatures from North Africa and is working on a book about how writers from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia used the novel to rewrite their countries’ history after they gained independence from France. As a stranger in those lands and a relative newcomer to Knoxville, he is passionate about experiencing places on foot, believing that walking and reading alike are attentive modes of discovering spaces both real and imaginary.

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Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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