Off the Beaten Track
Three Centuries of Women Travellers
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Off the Beaten Track by Dea Birkett
Book DescriptionOff the Beaten Track takes us on an exhilarating journey through three centuries of travel, in the company of such women voyagers as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Vita Sackville-West, Isabella Bird and Rebecca West. Not only did women from the West travel to the Americas, Russia and Turkey, Arabia and the Middle East, Africa and South-east Asia, but women from all corners of the globe also visited the West. This book records their experiences and reveals where they travelled, what they looked like, how they described new landscapes and cultures in both words and images, and what they brought back with them. The common link between these women traveller is that their lives are celebrated in London's National Portrait Gallery collection. While they all travelled for different reasons, collectively they reveal something about the West's relationship with other cultures and challenge our assumptions about women's achievements.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781740662185
(227mm x 220mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Dea Birkett
Spinsters Abroad, Paperback (March 2004)
Serpent in Paradise, Paperback (January 1998)
The author recounts her journey to Pitcairn Island--home to thirty- eight descendants of the Bounty mutineers--detailing how this island paradise has become a prison to its inhabitants.
Mary Kingsley, Hardback (February 1992)» View all books by Dea Birkett
Victorian traveller, Mary Kingsley, has been portrayed as a victim of 19th-century attitudes towards women, a brave and daring explorer, an anti-imperialist agitator and even a feminist heroine. In this biography the author examines and then confronts all these portraits.
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