Spring 2017 Schedule


Please read and review the assigned works for class on the day that they are listed.

Assignments are due on the dates listed in the schedule.

This schedule is subject to change according to the pace and interests of our class, as well as other opportunities that arise during the semester.

Suggested readings are included below; additional suggestions and resources will be added to the course website throughout the semester.

Week 1: Introduction to the class/Travel Writing, Nationality & Gender (January 11)

Post on Book History shown in class today: Rhodes. “18th and 19th Century European and American Paper Binding.” The Book and Paper Group Annual 14 (1995)

Week 2: Imperial Contexts: Caribbean, Crimea, Britain (January 18)

Required Primary:

Seacole. The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole (1857)

Required Secondary:

  • Sandra Pouchet Paquet. “The Enigma of Arrival: The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands.” African American Review 26.4 (Winter, 1992: 651-663.
  • Raphael Dalleo. “Introduction: Periodizing the Public Sphere.” From Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere: From the Plantation to the Postcolonial. University of Virginia Press, 2011.

Recommended Primary

Recommended Secondary:



Kate Beaton. “Number 174: Mary Seacole”. Hark!A Vargrant.N.D. Web. Accessed 18 January 2017.

Week 3: Satire, Class, and the Midwest (January 25)

Required Primary: Trollope. Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832)
*There are many editions (with some variations) for this text. The above link goes to the PDF file for an electronic exam copy I am thinking of using in the future. It as footnotes and other scholarly aids. If you prefer a print version for longer works, there are about 15 copies available through the library, including a few at Howard, located here and here.
Here is a digitization of a fourth edition from 1832.

Required Secondary: Anna C. Simonson. “Perfect Recluses, Great Workers, and Black Beasts: Frances Trollope’s Cincinnati Women in Domestic Manners of the Americans, 1828–1830.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 37.2 (2016); 48-74;

Recommended Primary:

Recommended Secondary: Danger. “The bonnet’s brim: the politics of vision in Frances Trollope’s Domestic Manners of the Americans.” Philological Quarterly. 88.3 (Summer 2009); Imbarrato. “Introduction.”From Traveling Women: Narrative Visions of Early America. Ohio University Press, 2006 [The whole text is available as an ebook through HU Library]; Ed. Wagner. Frances Trollope: Beyond “Domestic Manners” [available through the WRLC Catalog] Routledge, 2015.

Some Images of Trollope:

Images via VictorianWeb.org their caption for this pair of images: “Two very different portraits of Frances Trollope: a photograph (an albumen print) by an unidentified photographer and a stipple engraving by W. Holt [?] of a drawing by Mrs. L. Adams. From the Berg Collection, New York Public Library (image id nos. 484406 and ).”

image via markwalston.com


An intriguing image allegedly from an early press review of Domestic Manners. I am still looking for the original source, but here is the blog post I used for this one. [image via WondersAndMarvels.com]

Week 4: CHANGE IN READING SCHEDULE: Published vs Posthumous (February 1, MSRC Visit)

Required Primary: Schaw. Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776 (1921)

Required Secondary: Bohls. “Chapter 2: Janet Schaw and the Aesthetics of Colonialism” from Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-1818;

Recommended Primary:

Recommended Secondary: Gikandi. Slavery and the Culture of Taste [ebook available through HU library]. Princeton University Press, 20011 (especially, “Chapter 1: Overture: Sensibility in the Age of Slavery” and “Unspeakable Events: Slavery and White Self-Fashioning”); Wallace. “The White Female as Effigy and the Black Female as Surrogate in Janet Schaw’s Journal of a Lady of Quality and Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.” Studies in the Literary Imagination. 27.2 (Fall 2014); Lucinda L. Damon-Bach. “Chapter 2: Catharine Maria Sedgwick Tours England.” From Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Great Britain. New Hampshire, 2012.

Week 5: Change in Reading Schedule: Women’s Travel Writing and Book Launch (February 8, Howard Book Store)

oup84e383d334Feb 8: BOOK Launch. Dr. Nikki M. Taylor (Howard University). Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio


Howard University Bookstore

Instead of meeting in our classroom, we will attend the following campus event. Although it is technically a subject for U.S. history, it does tie into our discussions of British reactions to slave societies in the Americas.

STILL Required Secondary: Travel Writing Sections from the Cambridge Companions to Women’s Writing in:

  • Guest, Harriet. “Travel Writing.” The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660–1789. Edited by Catherine Ingrassia. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015;
  • Fay, Elizabeth A. “Travel Writing.” The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in the Romantic Period. Edited by Devoney Looser. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015;
  • Wagner, Tamara S. “Travel Writing.” [Gibson and Rudy’s “Colonial and Imperial Writing” chapter also included, but optional].The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Writing. Edited by Linda H. Peterson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015.

NB: When you start your research, these companions and their further reading sections may be useful to you. I have copies and can scan relevant chapters for you.

NOW SUGGESTED Primary:Choose one of the following:

Week 6: Travel Narratives as Domestic Fiction (February 15)

Required Primary: Anon. The Woman of Colour: A Tale (1808)

Required Secondary:

Recommended Primary: Bonetta and Davies. ‘Letters of Queen Victoria’s Wards.”From Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel. Feminist Press, 2005.

Recommended Secondary: Gerzina. Black London: Life Before Emancipation.[pdf of whole book] Rutgers University Press, 1995; Gerzina. Black Victorians/Black Victoriana [Print copy available in HU library]. Rutgers University Press, 2003.

Week 7 Domestic Tourism in Domestic Novels (Feb 22)

Required Primary: Austen. Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Required Secondary: Sandra Macpherson. “Rent to Own: or, What’s Entailed in Pride and Prejudice” Representations 82.1 (Spring 2003); Stephen Clarke. “A Fine House Richly Furnished: Pemberley and the Visiting of Country Houses.” Persuasions 22 (2000); Hendrickson and Lansdowne. “Title & Inheritance Quick Guide

Recommended Primary: More Austen (all texts via The Republic of Pemberley); Eden. Up The Country: Letters Written to Her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India; Fay. The Original Letters from India of Mrs. Eliza Fay

Recommended Secondary: Brideoake. “The Republic of Pemberley: Politeness and Citizenship in Digital Sociability” Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 7 (2008); Spooner. “Touring with Jane Austen.” Critical Survey  26.1 (2014); Lynch. “Introduction: Sharing with Our Neighbors” from Janeites: Austen Disciples and Devotees, Princeton University Press, 2000 (also in Janeites: Benedict. “Chapter 3: Sensibility by the Numbers: Austen’s Work as Regency Popular Fiction” [same file as Intro, so scroll down]; Halperin. “Chapter 4: Austen’s Earliest Readers and the Rise of the Janeites”); Johnson. Jane Austen’s Cultures and Cultures [excerpts: Introduction; IntroductionChapter 1: Body;Chapter 3: WWI]. University of Chicago Press, 2012; Bilger. Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen.[excerpts: Chapter 1: “Women in Comedy in Eighteenth-Century England“;  Chapter 3: “From Inside Jokes to Published Comedy”]. Wayne State University Press, 1998.

Week 8: British Markets for Abolition in the Americas
(March 1)

Required Primary: Craft and Craft. Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860)

Required Secondary: Choose one of the following:

Recommended Primary: Wells. Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter (1853) [also by Wells: Three Years in Europe (audio); Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave]; Eldridge and Green. Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge  (1838)

Recommended Secondary: McCaskill. Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory [link to HU Library entry for the ebook].University of Georgia Press, 2015; Warner. “Chapter 1: Public and Private” Publics and Counter Publics. MIT Press, 2002.

Images of Ellen Craft:


Holmes, Marian Smith. “The Great Escape From Slavery of Ellen and William Craft.” Smithsonian Magazine 16 June 2010. Web. Accessed 1 March 2017


From Not Just in February: The frontispiece of Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom portrays Ellen Craft dressed as a man, in the spirit of her escape from slavery. Image from Ross, Amanda. “‘Mislike Me Not for My Complexion.” Not Just in February. 22 March 2011. Web. Accessed 1 March 2017

Week 9: Short Paper Midterm and Presentation (March 8 – We Will Meet in the Seminar Room)

Updated: Short Paper Midterm Due at the start of class; we will discuss the papers.

Spring Break

Week10:  Testimonials, Petitions, Slave Narratives
(March 22)

Required Primary: Prince. The History of Mary Prince (1831); Selections from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine

Required Secondary: Raphael Dalleo. “Chapter 1: The Abolitionist Public Sphere and the Republic of the Lettered” From Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere: From the Plantation to the Postcolonial. University of Virginia Press, 2011

Recommended Primary:

Recommended Secondary: McDonald. “Introduction.” The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Secondary for Prince

Week 11: Emigration as Travel (March 29)

Required Primary: Strickland Moodie. Roughing it in The Bush (1852)

Required Secondary: Andrea Medovarski. “Roughing it in Bermuda: Mary Prince, Susanna Strickland Moodie, Dionne Brand, and the Black diasporaCanadian Literature/Littérature Canadienne 220 (2014);  Christa Zeller Thomas. “’I Had Never Seen Such a Shed Called a House Before’: The Discourse of Home in Susanna Moodie’s Roughing It in the BushCanadian Literature/Littérature Canadienne 203 (2009)

Image from 2016 graphic novel adaptation by Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe, illustrated by Selena Goulding

Recommended Primary: Shadd. A Plea for Emigration; Or Notes of Canada West; Chisholm. The A.B.C. of Colonization: In a Series of Letters (1850); Atwood. The Journals of Susanna Moodie (poetry, 1970) and Alias Grace (novel, 1996); Moodie.  Life in the Clearings (1853) and The Narrative of Ashton Warner (1831); Parr Traill. Canadian Crusoes (1852) and The Female Emigrant’s Guide (1854)

Reccomended Secondary:

Pre- WWII:
Hume, Blanche. The Strickland Sisters. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1928.

Fowler, Marian. “Roughing It in the Bush: A Sentimental Novel.” Beginnings: A Critical Anthology. Ed. John Moss. Toronto: NC, 1980, 80-98.
MacLuich, T.D. “Crusoe in the Backwoods: A Canadian Fable?” Mosaic 9 (1976): 115-26.
Mathews, Robin. “Susanna Moodie, Pink Toryism, and Nineteenth-Century Ideas of Canadian Identity.” Journal of Canadian Studies  10 (1975):3-15.

Dean, Misao. “Concealing Her Bluestockings: Femininity and Self-Representation in Susanna Moodie’s Autobiographical Works.” Re-Sitting Queen’s English: Text and Tradition in Post-Colonial Literatures. Ed. Gillian Whitlock and Helen Tiffin. Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 1992, 25-36.
Gerson, Carole. “Nobler Savages: Representations of Native Women in the Writings of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Trail.” Journal of Canadian Studies 32 (1997):5-21.
Klepac, Tihana. “Susanna Moodie’s Roughing it in the Bush: A Female Contribution to the Creation of an Imagined Canadian Community.”Central European Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’Etudes Canadiennes en Europe Centrale, 7 (2011): 65-75.
Peterman, Michael A. “Reconstructing the Palladium of British America: How the Rebellion of 1837 and Charles Fothergill Helped to Establish Susanna Moodie as a Writer in Canada.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 40/1 (2002):7-36.

Week 12: Paper Proposals (April 5)

If you are going to a conference this week, you are excused, but you still need to turn in your work.

Paper Abstract and Bibliography due at the start of class– discuss it in class.

For the Bibliography, you need a minimum of 10 citations (in MLA), at least 5 to have short one paragraph summaries, and of those five, at least three should have a second paragraph discussing how you will use it in the paper. You will post this to Google Drive and send me the link before class.

The Abstract should be about 500-700 words.

CHANGE IN SCHEDULE: Week 13: African-American travel to Russia and the West Indies (April 12)


Konstantin Andreyevich Somov
Portrait of Alexander Pushkin
Russia (1899) (Source Medieval POC)

Next Wednesday, April 12, Professor Jennifer Wilson from University of Pennsylvania will speak on campus and I am refocusing the class around that visit, using a text I thought of assigning but ultimately did not. We will spend the first hour of class at the talk. If the conversation continues there and is of interest, we will stay. If not, we will return to our seminar room to talk amongst ourselves about the reading and Prof. Wilson’s work.

I have contacted her and will add any suggestions she makes on primary/secondary sources to the suggested reading for the week.

From the announcement: Professor Wilson is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and is the leading specialist in the interaction between the African-American diaspora and Russia.

Vasily Tropinen Portrait of Alexander Pushkin Russia, 1827 (Source Medieval POC)

“Writing the Black Atlantic in Imperial Russia.”
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Locke 340
12 noon to 1pm.

Required Primary: Prince, Nancy. A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince. (2nd edition, 1853) Two e-texts (based on same edition, same page numbers): Schomburg etext and downloadable pdf from Internet Archive

Info on Prof. Wilson: Academia.edu profile, Humanities Forum profile, Slavic Languages and Literatures Department profile.

Required Secondary:


Ilya Repin. Negrityanka (Negress) 1875 Russian Museum, St. Petersberg (Source Medieval POC)

Reccomended Secondary: Schmidt. ” Journeys and Warnings : Nancy Prince’s Travels as Cautionary Tales for African American Reader.” Women at Sea : Travel Writing and the Margins of Caribbean Discourse. edited by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert and Ivette Romero-Cesareo. New York : Palgrave, 2001.

Annushka by I.Argunov (1767, Kuskovo)

Ivan Argunov. Portrait of Kalmyk girl Annushka 1767 (;Source Wikimedia Commons)

From Wilson’s talk: 1796 English translation of The Negro Slaves.

Previous Reading: Celebrity in a Romanticized Antebellum South

Recommended Primary: Kemble. Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation (1863); Sedgwick. “Slavery in New England” (1853): hypertext and manuscript draft

Recommended Secondary: David. Fanny Kemble: A Performed Life. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. Booth. “From Miranda to Prospero: The Works of Fanny Kemble.” Victorian Studies 38.2 (Winter 1995); Mullenix. “’So Unfemininely Masculine’: Discourse, True/False Womanhood, and the American Career of Fanny Kemble.” Theater Survey 40.2 (November 1999); Russell. “’Playing the Men’: Ellen Tree, Fanny Kemble, and Theatrical Constructions of Gender.” Borrowers and Lenders 8.1 (2013).

Week 14: Beyond the Atlantic (April 19)

Required Primary: Duncan. Set in Authority (1906)

Required Secondary: Focus on your research


Image from Kate Beaton’s Step Aside Pops! plus the Victorian image on which it is based. (Comic Alliance)

Recommended Primary: There are many more works by Duncan. See also Parkes. Begums Thugs and White Mughals (composed 1822-1846, published 2002); Gordon. Last letters from Egypt. To which are added letters from the Cape (1876); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. The letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (composed 1710-1725; published 1884); Bell. Letters and Diaries at the Gertrude Belle Archive

Recommended Secondary: Fiamengo. The Woman’s Page: Journalism and Rhetoric in Early Canada University of Toronto Press, 2008; Dean. “The Paintbrush and the Scalpel: Sara Jeanette Duncan Representing India.” Canadian Literature 132 (1992); Goswami. “The Post-Mutiny Imperial Boy Hero: Bridging Cultural Divides in Sara Jeanette Duncan’s The Story of Sonny Sahib.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 34.1 (Spring 2009); Quirk. “The Place of Bibliography in the Academy Today: Reassessing Sara Jeanette Duncan.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 46.1 (2008)

Other Sources of Potential Interest (not all are strictly scholarly):

Indentured Chinese Labor in South Africa (there is also scholarship regarding Chinese migration to Cuba and South Asian migration to both the British Caribbean and South Africa; after Apartheid, the categorization of Asian subjects is interesting, as well):

Rangoon Outrage:
Neill, Jeremy. “’This is a most disgusting case’: Imperial Policy, Class and Gender in the Rangoon Outrage of 1899″ (Academia.edu)

Week 15: Presentations
(April 26)

Paper Drafts due at the start of class; Presentations during class

Seminar Paper due Friday, May 12 by email before midnight

If this conflicts with other graduate deadlines, we will discuss this as a class towards the end of the semester.

Other texts of possible interest:

Pryor, Elizabeth Stordeur. Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)