• The Right Sort Of Woman

The Right Sort Of Woman

The Right Sort Of Woman

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  • Author
    Precious Mckenzie
  • Publisher
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Publication date
    17 January 2012

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Right Sort Of Woman

  • Author

    Precious Mckenzie

  • Date Published

    17 January 2012

  • Publisher

    Cambridge Scholars Publishing

  • Pages

    160 pages

  • ISBN

    9781443837088

Book Description

The rhetoric surrounding Empire, freedom, and adventure are nowhere more striking than in nineteenth-century British women’s travel writing. The Right Sort of Woman charts the progression of British feminism in relationship to exploration of the Empire. Precious McKenzie introduces us to the lesser known writings of Florence Douglas Dixie, Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond, and Isabel Savory, and also revisits the more widely read travel texts of Isabella Bird Bishop and Mary Kingsley. Their travel writings explore the hotly debated Victorian ideologies of femininity, equality, and fitness.

McKenzie contends that British women travel writers found opportunities for freedom when traveling abroad. Women travelers could participate in what were traditionally men’s sports – hunting, riding, canoeing, shooting, mountaineering – when far away from strict Victorian social codes of behavior. Because of their athletic pursuits while abroad, British women travelers found their health improved as did their self-reliance and self-confidence. McKenzie considers how sports shaped the British feminist movement and then became integral to the revolutionary image of the New Woman at the fin de siècle.

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