Secret Journeys

Secret Journeys

The Trope of Women's Travel in American Literature

eBook - 1999
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Univ of New York Press
Examines the subversive and constructive narrative of female journey in American literature, from the seventeenth century to the present.

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Through canvassing women's travel as portrayed in American literature from the 17th century to the present, Wesley (English, Hartwick College, NY) demonstrates that women have shared in that gendered metaphor for freedom and progress, though covertly in earlier eras. The author develops a feminist narrative theory of female capability to replace the stale model of female victimization by analyzing women's travel as contravention of values ("the not unfeared, half-welcome guest" of Greenleaf's 1866 poem Snow- Bound); alternative journeys (from the first US women's travel book published in 1682, to works by Cather and Wharton); transience as social reconstruction; and transformative journeys modern, postmodern, and biblical. Name index only. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©1999
ISBN: 9780585063911
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 167 pages)


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