STERNE/YORICK, THE SENTIMENTAL TRAVELLER AND CONTEMPORARY TRAVEL WRITING STUDIES: PROBLEMATISING THE CRITICAL AFTERLIFE OF A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

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Jakub Lipski

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This article addresses two critical topoi in contemporary travel writing studies – Laurence Sterne’s agency in the so-called paradigm shift from the scientific to the subjective in eighteenth- century travel writing and the vague concept of “Sternean/Shandean fashions”, which has tended to be used as an umbrella term for stylistic idiosyncrasies in post-1768 travel writing. The former is approached as reflective of a style of reception that yearns to establish a myth of origin at the cost of historical accuracy. The latter is analysed with reference to the East Central European notion of sternizm, and exemplifies a pattern of disconnection, where a critical term derived from a name begins an autonomous life of its own and loses contact with the point of origin.

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Jakub Lipski, J. L. (2019). STERNE/YORICK, THE SENTIMENTAL TRAVELLER AND CONTEMPORARY TRAVEL WRITING STUDIES: PROBLEMATISING THE CRITICAL AFTERLIFE OF A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY. Porównania, 24(1), 231-242. https://doi.org/10.14746/por.2019.1.18
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Jakub Lipski, Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy

Jakub Lipski – dr hab., professor at the Institute of Neophilology and Applied Linguistics atKazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. Author of two books: In Quest of the Self: Masqueradeand Travel in the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Fielding, Smollett, Sterne (2014) and Paintingthe Novel: Pictorial Discourse in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction (2018) and more than twentyarticles on 18th century literature and culture, editor and co-editor of several edited volumes.E-mail: j.lipski@ukw.edu.pl

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