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