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British Women Travellers
Empire and Beyond, 1770-1870

Edited By

Sutapa Dutta

ISBN 9780367343347
Published August 29, 2019 by Routledge
256 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book studies the exclusive refractive perspectives of British women who took up the twin challenges of travel and writing when Britain was establishing itself as the greatest empire on earth. Contributors explore the ways in which travel writing has defined women’s engagement with Empire and British identity, and was inextricably linked with the issue of identity formation. With a capacious geographical canvas, this volume examines the multifaceted relations and negotiations of British women travellers in a range of different imperial contexts across continents from America, Africa, Europe to Australia.

Table of Contents


Sutapa Dutta

Part I: On the Continent, Framing "Britishness"

1. Colonising the French: Elizabeth Inchbald’s Cultural Appropriation

Ben P. Robertson

2. Views of an "Overthrown" Kingdom: Britishness and Otherness in The Spanish Journal of Elizabeth Holland

Antonio Calvo Maturana

3. Roman Monuments, Ruins and Remains: British Women Travellers’ Perception of Historical Heritage in the Early 19th Century

Barbara Tetti

4. On Terrains of the Other Empire: Mary Holderness’ Account of Her Residence in Early 19th-Century Crimea

Nataliia Voloshkova

Part II: In the Colonies, Defining "Non-British"

5. The Politics of Feasting: Janet Schaw’s Sensory Experience of the West Indies

Georgina Elisabeth Munn

6. Creating a "More Popular Work": The Lasting Influence of Maria Graham’s Journal of a Residence in India (1812)

Lacy Marschalk

7. The Memsahibs’ Gaze: Representation of the Zenana in India

Sutapa Dutta

8. Gossip, Mosquitos, and "Well-Made" Men: Isabella Fane’s Vision of Colonial India

Shannon Derby

9. "Servant of the Cross": Identity, Travel and Colonial Culture in the Letters of Mary Moffat in South Africa

Michelle Adler

10. An "Honorary Man" in the Holy Land?: Mary Eliza Rogers, Gender, and British Protestant Imperialism

Sarah Irving

Part III: In the Settler Colonies, Furthering the "Other" British

11. "English, Yet Essentially Un-English": Female Constructions of Imperial Belonging in Melbourne, 1850–1870

Sophie Cooper

12. In Search of the Romantic Aesthetic: British Women Travellers in 19th-Century America

Justyna Fruzińska

13. Carriage and Canoe: The Material Vessels of Anna Brownell Jameson’s Voyage in Upper Canada

Sophie Anne Edwards

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Sutapa Dutta is a Fellow at IIAS, Shimla, and teaches in the Department of English, Gargi College, University of Delhi.