Twentieth-century Women's Travel WritingeBook - 2001
Alexandra David-Neel journeying on foot across the Himalayas; Robyn Davidson on her camel in the outback of Australia; Amelia Earhart, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Beryl Markham climbing into the cockpit of their airplanes; Mary Morris riding a train from Beijing to Berlin; Irma Kurtz taking a Greyhound into the bellies of American cities and towns -- of these and other women, Smith asks: What do they make of their travels? Howdo they enact the dynamics of and contradictions in the drift of identity? Are they defined by the experience -- or do they define the meaning of a particular mode of transport in new and different ways, and in doing so, disentangle travel from its masculine logic?
Unique in its focus on the relationship of women in motion, technologies of motion, and autobiographical practices, Moving Lives will interest readers across a broad spectrum of disciplines, as well as those who are simply intrigued by travel narratives.