the grand tour

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the grand tour

Part memoir, part essay on the theme of the Grand Tour, "The Elsewhere Community" by Hugh Kenner discusses the role of travel as part of completing one's education and as a metaphor for intellectual discovery.  One learns by going (or being) elsewhere -- geographically, with other people, in another frame of mind, or with other types of literature. One learns by being around what one doesn't know -- something else. The Grand Tour is no longer requisite -- visits to Europe by the English (and later North Americans) are not quite perceived or distinguished the same way they once were. We are much more global, and that "something else" is readily available from birth. That doesn't mean you won't benefit, or more importantly, that you can't dress the part. 


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