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Worlds of Knowledge in Women’s Travel Writing

Worlds of Knowledge in Women’s Travel Writing

Edited by James Uden

ISBN 9780674260566

Publication date: 02/15/2022

Worlds of Knowledge in Women’s Travel Writing rediscovers the works of a wide range of authors from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. A stowaway on a voyage circumnavigating the globe; a nineteenth-century visitor to schools in Japan; an Indian activist undertaking a pilgrimage to Iraq—these are some of the women whose experiences come to life in this volume. Worlds of Knowledge explores travel writing as a genre for communicating information about other cultures and for testing assumptions about the nature and extent of women’s expertise. The book challenges the frequent focus in travel studies on English-language texts by exploring works in French and Urdu as well as English and focusing on journeys to France, Spain, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, India, Ethiopia, Japan, Australia, and the Falkland Islands. Written by experts in a wide range of fields, this interdisciplinary volume sheds new light on the range, innovation, and erudition of travel narratives by women.


  • James Uden is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University.

Book Details

  • 186 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Ilex Foundation