Feminism And The Politics Of Travel After The Enlightenment by Yaël SchlickFeminism And The Politics Of Travel After The Enlightenment by Yaël Schlick

Feminism And The Politics Of Travel After The Enlightenment

byYaël Schlick

Paperback | March 12, 2014

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Taking the Enlightenment and the feminist tradition to which it gave rise as its historical and philosophical coordinates, Feminism and the Politics of Travel After the Enlightenment explores travel as a "technology of gender." It also investigates the way travel's utopian dimension and feminism's utopian ideals have intermittently fed off each other in productive ways. With broad historical and theoretical understanding, Yaël Schlick analyzes the intersections of travel and feminism in writings published during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a period of intense feminist vindication during which women's very presence in the public sphere, their access to education, and their political participation were contentious issues. Schlick examines the gendering of travel and its political implications in Rousseau's Emile, and in works by Mary Wollstonecraft, Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis, Frances Burney, Germaine de Staël, Suzanne Voilquin, Flora Tristan, Gustave Flaubert, and George Sand, arguing that travel is instrumental in furthering diverse feminist agendas. The epilogue alerts us to the continuation of the utopian strain of the voyage and its link to feminism in modern and contemporary travelogues by writers like Mary Kingsley, Robyn Davidson and Sara Wheeler.
Yaël Schlick is associate adjunct professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where she teaches courses on travel writing, autobiography, and modern literature. She has published articles on nineteenth-century French and British travel writing and colonial literature, and on 20th century autobiographical narratives. She has ...
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Title:Feminism And The Politics Of Travel After The EnlightenmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 9.09 × 6.04 × 0.68 inPublished:March 12, 2014Publisher:Bucknell University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction: Travel, Knowledge, Utopia Part I: Travel and Domesticity Chapter 1: The Sex of Travel: Sexual Contract and Enlightenment Travel in Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Mary WollstonecraftChapter 2: Travel and Talent: The Culture of Domesticity in Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis, Germaine de Staël and Frances BurneyPart II: Travel and New Communities Chapter 3: Travelling Theories and Political Formation: The Feminist Peregrinations of Flora TristanChapter 4: Travel as Praxis: Suzanne Voilquin and the Saint-Simonian 'Call to the Woman' Part III: Travel and HistoryChapter 5: Spatial Literacy and the Female Traveller: The Politics of Map-Reading in Gustave Flaubert and George SandEpilogue: Moving Forward Bibliography About the Author

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Any doubts one might have about the timeliness of this excellent study are dispelled by Schlick's discussion, in her brief epilogue, of recent accounts by Robyn Davidson and Sara Wheeler of their travels in the Australian desert and Antarctica, respectively. By providing evidence that female travelers still struggle, even today, 'to make a space for their narrative or selves within the dominant conceptions of travel and within male dominated spaces', Schlick drives home her book's point in an unexpected and meaningful way.