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Travelling in Different Skins: Gender Identity in European Women's Oriental Travelogues, 1850-1950

Dúnlaith Bird


Vagabondage emerges as a totemic concept in European women’s travel writing from 1850, a physical and textual elaboration of gender identity in motion. This book constitutes a full length study of this paradigm. For travellers including Olympe Audouard, Isabella Bird, Isabelle Eberhardt and Freya Stark, vagabondage is a means of forcing pushing out the physical, geographical and textual parameters by which ‘women’ are defined. This book explores the negotiations of European women travel writers from 1850-1950 within the traditionally male-oriented discourses of colonialism and Ori ... More

Keywords: travel writing, gender, vagabondage, post-colonial, Orientalism, identity, commerciality, cross-dressing, motion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dúnlaith Bird, author
Maître de langue, École normale supérieure de Paris