In this collection of writings by women both inside and outside of Argentina, Monica Szurmuk has unearthed a rich and delightful tradition of travel writing. The selections, recorded from the period 1850-1930, include travelogues by European and North American women who visited Argentina alongside pieces by Argentinean women who describe trips to the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the interior of their own country. In addition to short introductions to each text and author, Szurmuk describes how women's texts were co-opted to form an image of white women as models of nationhood that need to be protected and sheltered. She also examines the history of travel writing alongside the participation of women in public life, population policies, and the development of the public school system, and she offers enlightening conclusions about the nature of travel writing as a literary genre.
Monica Szurmuk is assistant professor of Latin American literature at the University of Oregon. She is the editor of the anthology Mujeres y Viaje: Escritos y Testimonios, published in Buenos Aires, and her work has appeared in English and Spanish in journals such as Nuevo Texto Critico and English Language Journal.
Introduction; Part I: Frontier Identities, 1837-1880; 1. A House, a Home, a Nation: Mariquite Sanchez's Recuerdos del Buenos Ayres Virreynal; 2. Queen of the Interior: Lina Beck-Bernard's Le Rio Parana; Part II: Shifting Frontiers, 1880-1900; 3. Eduarda Mansilla de Garcia's Recuerdos de Viaje: "Recordar es Vivir"; 4. Interlude in the Frontier: Lady Florence Dixie's Across Patagonia 5. Traveling/Teaching/Writing: Jennie Howard's In Distant Climes and Other Years; Part III: Shifting Identities, 1900-1930; 6. Traveler/Governess/Expatriate: Emma de la Barra's Stella; 7. Globe-Trotting Single Women; 8. The Spiritual Trip: Delfina Bunge de Galvez's Tierras del Mar Azul