The aim of this course is to explore the writings of and lives of a number of 19th Century women travellers who have made a contribution to travel and travel writing.
During the course there will be a discussion of the position of women in 19th century Europe. The women to be studied will include Jane Digby El Mesrab (1807-1881), Isabella Bird (1831-1904), Lady Anne Blunt (1837-1917), Mary Kingsley (1862-1900), and Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904). These women travelled in places as diverse as the American Rocky Mountains, Iraq, Arabia, China and Africa. Their reasons for travel were equally varied from a search for love to a search for fish.
During the lectures we will explore the travellers’ biographies, their journeys, the social and political situation from which they came and how they responded to it.
In this series of lectures it is hoped that students will be both entertained by the adventures of the women and gain an insight into their personalities.