Frontiers of Femininity
A New Historical Geography of the Nineteenth-century American West
By (author) Karen M. Morin
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Frontiers of Femininity by Karen M. Morin
Book DescriptionBritish explorer and professional travel writer Isabella Bird is, to the modern eye, a study in contradictions. One of the premier mountaineers and world explorers of her generation, she was, in 1892, the first woman elected to London's Royal Geographic Society. And yet Bird's books on her travels are filled with depictions of herself and other women that reinforce the 'properly feminine' domestic and behavioral codes of her day.In this fascinating and highly original collection of essays, Karen Morin explores the self-expression of travel writers like Bird by giving geographic context to their work. With a rare degree of clarity the author examines relationships among nineteenth-century American expansionism, discourses about gender, and writings of women who traveled and lived in the American West in the late nineteenth century - British travelers, American journalists, a Native American tribal leader, and female naturalists.Drawing from a rich diversity of primary sources, from published travelogues and unpublished archival sources such as letters and diaries to newspaper reportage, Morin considers ways in which women's writing was influenced by the material circumstances of travel in addition to the various social norms that circumscribed female roles. Ranging in scale from the interior of train cars and the homes of these women to the colonial projects of conquering the American West, the author illustrates how geography was fundamental to the formation of women's identity and greatly influenced the gendered and colonialist language found in their writing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815631675
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Karen M. Morin
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Women, Religion, and Space, Paperback (July 2007)» View all books by Karen M. Morin
Studies women who practice or interact with the gender norms and spaces of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. This book focuses on questions of how and why religious and secular authorities seek to regulate women's mobility and access to particular spaces, and how religious women negotiate their agency and mobility within traditional institutions.
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Author Biography - Karen M. Morin
Karen M. Morin is professor of geography at Bucknell University. Her articles have appeared in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, among others. She is coeditor of Women, Religion, and Space: Global Perspectives on Gender and Faith, also published by Syracuse University Press.
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