Wayward Women : A Guide to Women Travellers
For over 16 centuries, women have been undertaking great journeys and writing about their experiences, yet the traditional image of them is still that of an intrepid Victorian lady vigorously prodding the ends of the earth with her parasol. But by their very nature, women travel writers are a non-conformist breed. The abbess Etheria's fourth-century account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land relates not only the religious significance of her journey, but also the difficulties of mountaineering on Mount Sinai. Mary Wollstonecraft, who is celebrated as a pioneer feminist, wrote of her secret voyage in 1795 to Scandinavia - all for the love of a cad. Isabella Bird was a meek and dutiful woman at home, but once let loose in "the congenial barbarism of the desert", she assumed an unladylike "up-to-anything free-legged air"; while her contemporary Mary Kingsley canoed herself serenely through the white waters of West African rivers impeccably dressed in black silk and bonnet.
- Paperback | 360 pages
- 130 x 196.6 x 20.3mm | 267.62g
- 24 Jan 2002
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford Paperbacks
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- 8 pp b&w plates, maps, index
About Jane Robinson
Jane Robinson was born in Edinburgh and brought up in North Yorkshire. After graduating from Oxford, she joined a firm of antiquarian book dealers specializing in travel, later leaving to pursue a writing career. Her books include Parrot Pie for Breakfast: An Anthology of Women Pioneers and Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travelers.
Table of contents
List of Plates; 1. Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys; 2. The Glamour of the Back of Beyond; 3. Unfeminine Exploits; 4. An Up-to-Anything Free-Legged Air; 5. In Search of the Picturesque; 6. The Means to an End; 7. Quite Safe Here with Jesus; 8. Journeys into Print; 9. Ornaments of Empire; 10. Pay, Pack, and Follow; 11. In Camp and Cantonment; 12. The Gilding Off; 13. Life in the Bush; Maps; Useful Reference Books; Geographical Index; Index of Authors