Travel, Gender, and Imperialism: Mary Kingsley and West Africa

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Guilford Press, 1994 - History - 190 pages
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Studies of women travel writers have ranged from anecdotal and celebratory accounts to more critical essays on imperialism or the textualization of difference. This book does more. Drawing from the life and travels of Mary Kingsley, a nineteenth century travel writer and critic of the Crown Colony system, Alison Blunt cogently examines the relationships among travel, gender, and imperialism. Instead of studying either travel generally or women travel writers in the colonial period specifically, Blunt examines both to show how the spatiality and gendering of travel are inseparable. Underlying her examination are debates about women as a focus of historical research, Western women and imperialism, and the place of women in a historiography of geography.
  

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Contents

Planning a Route Travel Travel Writing and Imperial Representation
15
Imperial Representation and Travel Writing
23
An Introduction
34
Conclusion
37
Representing Mary Kingsley
46
Departure Travel Writing and Gendered Subjectivity
57
Gendered Authorship and Authority
58
Preparations for Departure
63
Mary Kingsleys Imperial Politics
108
Conclusion
110
Return Reconstituting Home
114
Public and Private Reconstructions of Home
115
Conclusion
140
Institutional Responses to Women Travel Writers
148
New Women of the 1890s
154
Conclusion
157

Gendered Subjectivity over Space
72
Conclusion
86
Journey Space Place and Imperial Subjectivity
94
Colonized Places
95
Colonized People
103
CONCLUSION
160
BIBLIOGRAPHY
165
Women Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society
183
INDEX
185
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About the author (1994)

Alison Blunt, M.A., is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Southampton in England.

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