These were real women, fascinating women, and some of them left a pretty solid mark on the world - we're still feeling the effects in Iraq of Gertrude Bell's machinations. At a distance, a small community like Pitcairn seems an Eden compared to the dangers of urban life. About this Item: Blackwell Pub, 1989. Birkett brings together those women who upped sticks and went exploring in foreign parts, mostly in the late 19th century. Many of the journeys are examined, including Mary Gaunt's safari in a hammock along the West African coast, Gertrude Bell's Middle Eastern archaeological excursions, Mary Kingsley's pioneering trek through tropical Gabon, Amelia Edward's thousand-mile passage in a dahabeeyah up the Nile, and Isabella Bird's grueling ascent of the Rocky Mountains.
I loved the idea of reading a book about female explorers in the Victorian era, but the title put me on guard from the start. I wanted to get a feel for the women explorers as individuals and a feel for the locations where they travelled , but that was almost impossible based on how this book was set up. Otherwise virtually as new: clean, tight and unmarked -- very neat! They purposefully observed the customs and people of foreign lands with the eye of an early anthropologist, took note of the land and foliage like a botanist, and detailed the past inhabitants of the land like archaeologists. These women were spinsters, maiden aunts who were expected by society to self-sacrifice either for the aging parents or for a married sibling, all in the name of propriety. How were they able to travel so freely in exotic lands, when in their own countries such independence was denied them? Marching off to the depths of Africa or Central Asia by one's self was certainly not an option at this time.
May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Once further into the book, I hope that my initial reaction to the first few pages can be revised with a more positive comment. Many of the women turned their travels toward scientific purposes to be taken more seriously. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. However, from the title of the book, I had expected to read about their actual expeditions -- what they saw, the cultures they found and how they reacted to them, the joys and rigors of the travel itself, etc.
But even once I started in about the journeys, the book didn't get better. From United Kingdom to U. Marching off to the depths of Africa or Central Asia by one's self Spinsters Abroad was this a deliberate pun? How were they able to travel so freely in exotic lands, when in their own countries such independence was denied them? If anything, the lesson from Pitcairn Island is, for your children's sake, live in New York. It's clear that the author did a lot of detailed research about her subjects, but she doesn't share it in a way that's effective or memorable. The book was arranged into chapters according to the stages of life of the women explorers in general. Are we talking about Mary Gaunt, or Mary Kingsley? The similarities in attitudes, as well as the differences, were brought out. Minor creasing to bottom edge of a couple of pages.
Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. Everything commonly denounced as corrupting is absent. Advertisement Such disturbing crimes are often attributed to the influences of modern society, from pornography on the Internet to the dissolution of the nuclear family. Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers. The stories of 50 women explorers of the Victorian era, drawn from their letters, diaries and writings.
From United Kingdom to U. What spurred so many Victorian women to leave behind the security and comfort ofb their middle-class homes to undertake perilous journeys of thousands of miles, tramping through rain forests, caravanning acrossdeserts and scaling mountain ranges? Even the themes are, sadly, unsuccessfully drawn out. More specifically, these women were not those traveling to Europe or America with suitable companions. About this Item: Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1989. What spurred so many Victorian women to leave behind their secure middle-class homes and undertake perilous journeys of thousands of miles, tramping through tropical forests, caravanning across deserts, and scaling mountain ranges? More specifically, these women were not those traveling to Europe or America with suitable companions.
Bookseller: , United Kingdom Oxford: Blackwell. In addressing the question of whether women like Mary Kingsley and Isabella Bird were the intrepid bluestockings of popular history, or in fact early feminists, Dea Birkett concludes that they were neither; that, dissatisfied with the cramped lives prescribed for them in Victorian society, they sought new horizons abroad, discovering in these distant places a degree of freedom and respect unimaginable to them as spinsters at home. The island's mayor, Steve Christian, was convicted on five counts of rape against children as young as 12; he was sentenced yesterday to three years. This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. Because Dea Birkett took these wildly individualistic women and reduced them to shared characteristics. The book is somehow not even much about their travels.
The islanders had reason to laugh. Were women such as Mary Kingsley and Isabella Bird simply the intrepid blue-stockings of popular history, or early feminists? Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. And how were they able to travel so freely in exotic lands, when at home such independence was denied to them? About this Item: Basill Blackwell, Oxford, 1989. So why is such a pocket-sized island not Paradise, but an outcrop of Hell? She didn't actually use pie charts, but you know the sort of thing: 90% celebrated Christmas, even in the jungle; 100% left their complexions unprotected. The format is awkward at first. Girls were taken into the banana groves, pinned down and raped, sometimes by more than one man. And the ties of community are very strong; there are only nine families, sharing four surnames.
The letters were from people pleading for permission to visit this perfect place. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. She explores the conflict in these women between duty and desire - the wish to observe and transgress the bounds of acceptable behaviour. But they share an unexpected link to her past, and one that may tear their burgeoning romance apart forever. Free from the moderating gaze of outsiders and the rule of impartial law, abuse can continue unchecked. The islanders pass their days hoeing peppers and sweet potatoes, fishing for shark from flat-bottomed canoes, and shooting down breadfruit from the trees with their muskets. The author argues that they were infact neither- dissatisfied with the cramped lives prescribed for them in Victorian society, they sought new horizons abroad, discovering in these distant places a degree of freedom and respect unimaginable as spinsters at home.
When the same names would come up again later, I could never remember who was the Australian writer and who attended Oxford. Because, what's not to like? These inveterate and courageous, yet often conflicted, travelers found that being on the move meant mental as well as physical freedom. These explorers were wandering the earth in a good 75 year time frame so sometimes it's hard to keep track of who was where, when. But as the book goes on it works better. It is divided by the continents these brave women visited, not by their area of scholarship. Birkett brings together those women who upped sticks and went exploring in foreign parts, mostly in the late 19th century.