ENGG 206: Women’s Travel Narratives in the 19th-Century Atlantic World

This course covers travel narratives written in English, by women under British rule during the “long 19th century” (commonly defined as 1789-1914). Will be focusing on non-fiction and fiction written by women throughout the British empire. Core questions for the course include:

  • How do we define the genres of travelogue, travel literature, and other kinds of writing associated with the movement of people? What are the benefits and limitations of those categories?
  • To what extent did writing about travel challenge or reinforce imperial projects?
  • How did women literally and symbolically navigate this the 19th-century world?
  • Why do they travel:
    • is it forced or for leisure?
    • is to for exploration or employment?
    • is it a temporary trip or emigration?
  • What are their relationships with the people and spaces they inhabit?

Books available at Howard University Bookstore

All other reading will be available online or as pdf files.

  1. Anon. The Woman of Colour: A Tale. 1808. Edited by Lyndon J. Dominique. Peterborough, ON, Canada: Broadview Press, 2007. (ISBN 9781551111766)
  2. Austen. Pride and Prejudice. 1813. Edited by James Kinsley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. (ISBN 9780199535569)
  3. Craft and Craft. Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom. 1860. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2014. Edited by Alison Daurio. (ISBN 9780486793481)
  4. Duncan. Set in Authority. 1906. Edited by Germaine Warkentin. Peterborough, ON, Canada: Broadview Press, 1996. (ISBN 9781551110806)
  5. Prince. The History of Mary Prince. 1831. Edited by Sara Salih. New York/London: Penguin Books, 2000. (ISBN 9780140437492)
  6. Seacole. The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole. 1857. Edited by Sara Salih. New York/London: Penguin Books, 2005. (ISBN 9780140439021)

Image Credit: Silvy, Camille. “Portrait of Sara Forbes Bonetta.”“Portrait of Sara Forbes Bonetta.” 1862 via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain].