New Zealand Through the Eyes of American Women, 1830-1915

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 181 pages
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This book was awarded the Calliopean Prize of the Goethe University Frankfurt for the best thesis in American and British studies in 2007.
New Zealand appeared relatively late on the general tourist map of the 19thcentury. Famous for its exotic flora and fauna, a visible native population, and women’s suffrage, it also drew American tourists to its shores: How did American travelers perceive New Zealand and its society? Did they connect in a special way to this country? What were their experiences and how did they write about it? Very few travel accounts by American women were published in this period, but these historical documents offer subjective accounts of the author’s time and present individual experiences and views on New Zealand: Abby Jane Morrell accompanied her husband on a sealing expedition in the South Seas (1833). Mrs. Woolley’s tour through the South Seas included New Zealand and she described the tourist highlights of that time (1906). And Carrie Francis Robertson’s unpublished travel journal gives a detailed account of her travels through New Zealand in 1912.
 

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Contents

Introduction I
1
Reading Travel Literature
7
North America and New Zealand 18301915
27
Material and Biographies
47
Analysis
61
Conclusion
117
Appendix
127
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About the author (2009)

The Author: Robyn Handel studied Chemistry and American Literature, History and Society in Great Britain and Germany. During her studies she worked and traveled for one year in New Zealand, which inspired her to do research about the history of this country and women travelers. Currently, she works in the publishing sector and does freelance research.

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