The nineteenth century was a period of peak popularity for travel to Latin America, where a new political independence was accompanied by loosened travel restrictions. Such expeditions resulted in numerous travel accounts, most by men. However, because this period was a time of significant change and exploration, a small but growing minority of female voyagers also portrayed the people and places that they encountered. Women through Women's Eyes draws from ten insightful accounts by female visitors to Latin America in the nineteenth century. These firsthand tales bring a number of Latin American women into focus: nuns, market women, plantation workers, the wives and daughters of landowners and politicians, and even a heroine of the independence movement. Questions of family life, religion, women's labor, and education are addressed, in addition to the interrelationships of men and women within the structure of Latin American societies. Women through Women's Eyes is a perceptive look at Latin American women from various walks of life during this period. Within these pages, the reader catches lengthy glimpses of the women on both sides of the travel accounts-author and subject-and thereby may examine them all and their societies close-up.
June E. Hahner is professor of history at the State University of New York at Albany.
Chapter 1 Life among the Elite in Chile and Brazil Chapter 2 Peregrinations of a Self-Proclaimed Pariah Chapter 3 Women's Lives in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Mexico Chapter 4 A Swedish Novelist in the New World Chapter 5 A Parisian in a Slavocrat Society Chapter 6 A Naturalist's Wife and Educator in Brazil Chapter 7 A German Schoolteacher in Brazil Chapter 8 Keeping House in Northern Mexico Chapter 9 A Wellesley Graduate's Travels in Guatemala Chapter 10 A Naval Captain's Wife on Tour