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Author Steadman, Jennifer Bernhardt, 1971-

Title Traveling economies : American women's travel writing / Jennifer Bernhardt Steadman
Published Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©2007
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 208 pages) : illustrations
Contents Ragged-edge travelers Amy Morris Bradley and Nancy Prince evaluate the economies of travel -- Scolding the nation: the political travel writing of Anne Royall -- Traveling uplift: Mary Ann Shadd Cary creates and connects Black communities -- A "singular spectacle of a female": Frances Wright's traveling figure -- To the summit of equality: a feminist traveler, bloomers, and the antebellum feminist press
Summary "The black and white women travel writers whom Jennifer Bernhardt Steadman investigates in Traveling Economies astonish modern readers with their daring, stamina, and courage. That these women traveled at all is surprising: Nancy Prince spent nearly a decade as an African American member of the Russian Imperial Court; Amy Morris Bradley went to Costa Rica as a governess in hopes of saving her health and finances after years as an impoverished teacher in Maine; and Julia Archibald Holmes carried the banner of dress reform to the heights of Pikes Peak and to the pages of a feminist periodical. Developing the concept of the "ragged edge," Steadman highlights these women's shared experiences of penury, work, and independence. Genteel poverty, black skin, outspoken feminism, or sometimes all three impacted the material conditions of their ragged-edge travel (early muckraking journalist Anne Royall walked until her feet were a bloody mass of blisters). Being on the ragged edge also affected the way they represented themselves and their travels (Mary Ann Shadd Cary presented her outspoken advocacy of black emigration to Canada as appropriately feminine). Frances Wright used her travel writing to imagine the new nation as a potential utopia for women citizens; she paid a high price for daring to try to change the social terrain she crossed. Steadman's interdisciplinary work with archives, newspapers, memoirs, and letters and her thoughtful close readings of the resulting evidence recover these important women's travels and writing and invite us to rethink where and how women went and what they wrote in antebellum America."--EBSCO
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-197) and index
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Subject American prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Feminism in literature.
Travel in literature.
Travelers' writings, American -- History and criticism.
Women authors, American -- 19th century -- Political and social views
Women travelers in literature.
Women travelers -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Women travelers -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
American prose literature -- Women authors.
American prose literature.
Feminism in literature.
Travel in literature.
Travelers' writings, American.
Women travelers in literature.
Women travelers.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007013298
ISBN 0814272142