In-Between Two Worlds: Narratives by Female Explorers and Travellers 1850-1945 (Travel Writing Across the Disciplines 14 New edition)

In-Between Two Worlds: Narratives by Female Explorers and Travellers 1850-1945 (Travel Writing Across the Disciplines 14 New edition)

By: Beatrice Bijon (editor), Gerard Gacon (editor)Hardback

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Fourteen essays provide a challenging outlook on narratives by women explorers and travellers from five different continents, spanning nearly one century from 1850 to 1945. The map thus drawn enables one to revisit, restore, and reassess the content and the originality of these narratives by women. The essays are relevant to the fields of travel writing and gender studies, and all draw from referential contemporary theoretical and critical works (Michel Foucault, Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, Roland Barthes, Michel de Certeau, Gilles Deleuze, Sara Mills, Kristi Siegel, and Jane Robinson). The main interest and originality of the volume result from the perspectives adopted by the different authors. The text-oriented analyses rely on close reading, thus definitely providing accurate and perceptive critical insights into the narratives. Such perspective precludes erasing the differential features characterizing each geographical space and each travelling subject. It also moves away from any temptation at creating a naturalized mythical image of these women.

About Author

The Editors: Beatrice Bijon is Senior Lecturer at Saint-Etienne University, France. Her research focuses on British post-modernist fiction, post-colonial writing (India and Australia), and gender studies. Bijon has published articles on Angela Carter, Valery Larbaud and Joyce, Janet Frame, Shirley Hazzard, Arundhati Roy, and Jeanette Winterson. More recently, she has researched on exploration and travel narratives (Vivienne de Watteville, David Thompson, and Alexander McKenzie). She is the co-editor of Europeans Writing the Mezzogiorno (2006) and The Production of Strangeness in Post-Colonial Literatures (forthcoming). She is currently preparing a book on the suffragettes. Gerard Gacon is Senior Lecturer at Saint-Etienne University, France. He is the author of a collection of his own poetry (Poincons, 2007), a book on the translation and hermeneutics of poetry (Le Lait de paradis, 2005), and various translations of English poets (Sidney, Shakespeare, Herrick, Marvell, Coleridge, Carroll) in bilingual editions. Gacon has also contributed 101 texts of his own plus 76 in collaboration with Paul Bensimon to the prestigious Anthologie bilingue de la poesie anglaise (2005). His research has also investigated the realm of literary biography (John Aubrey) and autobiography (Wordsworth), and more recently, travel literature (Mungo Park, Mary Kingsley, Fanny Parks).


Contents: Beatrice Bijon/Gerard Gacon: Introduction: Excursions into Women's Travel Writing - Jane Robinson: Supporters or Subversives? Mixed Messages from Women Travellers in the Theatre of War - Carmen Birkle: Traveling and the Discourse of Economy in Nancy Prince's Travel Narrative - Helene Cheynet: "Travellers Are Privileged to Do the Most Improper Things with Perfect Propriety." Isabella Bird's A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains - Elisabeth Bouzonviller: Klee Wyck: A Canadian Exploration amidst a Totem Pole Forest - Floriane Reviron: Isabella Bird's in Japan: Unbeaten Tracks in Travel Literature - Gerard Gacon: An Emancipated View of the Other: Fanny Parks in India - Hubert Malfray: "There is a Happy Land, Far, Far Away": Anna Leonowens or the (Re)Tracing of Harem Life - Arnaud Moussart: A Woman Time-Traveller: Time in Daisy Bates' The Passing of the Aborigines - Jessica Langer: Time, Space, and Perception in Freya Stark's Baghdad Sketches - Carole Bourne-Taylor: Between Distance and Empathy: The Representation of the Desert in Lady Anne Blunt's Pilgrimage to Nejd (1878-79) - Joan Rees: Amelia Edwards's Nile Journey - Valerie Kennedy: Kingsley's Multiple Voices in Travels in West Africa - Gerard Gacon: The Mangrove Deciphered: Mary Kingsley and West Africa - Beatrice Bijon: Vivienne de Watteville's Speaking to the Earth: "Living Outside Time and Space" in Africa.

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  • ISBN13: 9781433105975
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 199
  • ID: 9781433105975
  • weight: 510
  • ISBN10: 1433105977
  • edition: New edition

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