Memoirs of conflict: British women travellers in the Balkans

Hammond, Andrew (2010) Memoirs of conflict: British women travellers in the Balkans Studies in Travel Writing, 14 (1). pp. 57-75. ISSN 1364-5145

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South-East Europe has inspired a significant amount of British female travel literature, especially during periods of international conflict. Drawing on feminist studies of women's autobiographical writings, this article examines the complex discursive formations present in this understudied body of work. Moving from the Eastern Crisis of the mid-Victorian period to the First and Second World Wars, the article analyses such authors as Georgina Muir Mackenzie, Adeline Paulina Irby, Flora Sandes and Rebecca West. Of specific interest is the manner in which female travel writing can simultaneously challenge and endorse the patriarchal and imperialist assumptions of male counterparts. In this way, the article seeks to contribute to the burgeoning debate about British balkanism, defined here as that intricate, shifting, contradictory pattern of representational practices found in British commentary on South-East Europe.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Balkans, balkanism, south-east Europe, women's travel writing, representation
Subjects: Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects
DOI (a stable link to the resource): /10.1080/13645140903465043
Faculties: Faculty of Arts
Depositing User: Dr Andrew Hammond
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2012 12:45
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2012 09:46

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