These essays show the spectrum of interests and activities in which nineteenth-century women were involved as they moved, geographically and metaphorically, toward gaining their independence and the right to control their lives. Traveling far and wide—to Italy, France, Great Britain, and the Bahamas—these writers came into contact with realities far different from their own. On topics ranging from homeopathy and literary endeavors to politics and revolution, they conversed with others, reaching and inspiring transnational audiences with their words and deeds, and creating a space for self-expression in the rapidly changing transatlantic world.
Hardcover is un-jacketed.
"This outstanding collection of sophisticated, engaging studies focuses on courageous and bold women who traveled and reported—through letters, articles, essays, fiction, and poems—on their complex social, artistic, and literary engagements with Italy, France, Great Britain, and the Caribbean."—Susan Belasco, professor emerita of English, University of Nebraska–Lincoln