Women, Travel and Identity

Women, Travel and Identity Journeys by Rail and Sea, 1870-1940 - Gender in History

Hardback (30 Jun 2013) | English

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The years between 1870 and 1940 are often considered a 'golden age' of travel: as larger and evermore sumptuous ships and trains were built, including the Orient Express, Blue Train, Lusitania and Normandie, journeying abroad became, and remains today, synonymous with chic, splendour and luxury. Utilising women's diaries and letters, art, advertising, fiction and etiquette guides, this book considers the journey's impact upon understandings of female identity, definitions of femininity, modernity, glamour, class, travel, tourism, leisure and sexual opportunity and threat during this period. It explores women's relationship with train and ship technology; cultural understandings of the journey; public expectations of women journeyers; how women journeyed in practice: their use of journey space, sociability with both Western and 'Other' non-Western journeyers, experience of love, sex and danger during the journey; and how women fashioned a journeyer identity which fused their existing domestic identities with new journey identities such as the journey chronicler. The journey is revealed to be an experience of sociability as much as mobility, dominated by ideas of respectability and reputation, class, power, vision and observation and home as well as the foreign and new.

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Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9780719087158
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 910.91
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: x, 244
Weight: 438g
Height: 222mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 24mm