The eighteenth century witnessed the publication of an unprecedented number of voyages and travels, genuine and fictional. Within a genre distinguished by its diversity, curiosity, and experimental impulses, Katrina O'Loughlin investigates not just how women in the eighteenth century experienced travel, but also how travel writing facilitated their participation in literary and political culture. She canvases a range of accounts by intrepid women, including Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Turkish Embassy Letters, Lady Craven's Journey through the Crimea to Constantinople, Eliza Justice's A Voyage to Russia, and Anna Maria Falconbridge's Narrative of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone. Moving from Ottoman courts to theatres of war, O'Loughlin shows how gender frames access to people and spaces outside Enlightenment and Romantic Britain, and how travel provides women with a powerful cultural form for re-imagining their place in the world.
Katrina O'Loughlin is Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia. She writes on eighteenth-century literature and culture, particularly on the histories of space, travel, and emotion. With colleagues, she has edited three volumes on different aspects of the history of emotions, and has published numerous journal articles and chapters in academic books. She is currently preparing new annotated editions of the Memoirs of Mrs Harriet Newell (1815) and Eliza Fay's Letters from India (1817).
'The paper globe': women, writing, and travel in the eighteenth century; 1. 'A very diligent curiosity': Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Embassy Letters; 2. 'Wrecked on seas of ink': publicity and sovereignty of taste in Lady Craven's Journey through the Crimea to Constantinople; 3. 'Entre nous': the sociability of feeling in Jane Vigor's Letters from a Lady in Russia; 4. 'No small wonder to see myself in print': virtuous commerce and Eliza Justice's A Voyage to Russia; 5. 'My Travels have been to the Moon and the Stars': Janet Schaw's journal and Atlantic sociability; 6. 'Thorns and thistles': Anna Maria Falconbridge's Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone; Conclusion. La 'Dame pensive'.