Ecofeminism and Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Travel Writing - Essay

Annette Kolodny (essay date 1984)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kolodny, Annette. “Margaret Fuller: Recovering Our Mother's Gardens.” In The Land Before Her: Fantasy and Experience of the American Frontiers, 1630-1860, pp. 112-30. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

[In the following essay, Kolodny contends Margaret Fuller's travel writings, particularly Summer on the Lakes, express the existence of an Edenic world that is beyond the reach of women because of their domestic captivity.]

When Mary Austin Holley first visited Texas in the autumn of 1831, she brought rose slips from her daughter's garden in Kentucky to plant around her brother's home at Bolivar; some years later, she set out...

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Karen Hust (essay date 1996)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hust, Karen. “In Suspect Terrain: Mary Wollstonecraft Confronts Mother Nature in Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.Women's Studies 25 (1996): 483-505.

[In the following essay, Hust examines Mary Wollstonecraft's perception of nature in her travel writings about Scandinavia's rugged and rocky coasts.]

The landscape [or representation of a natural scene] is not so much a paradise to long for … as it is a mirror that reflects our own cultural image. We now view landscape photographs, both past and present, much like the shadows on the walls of Plato's cave. They are artifacts of what we think...

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Susan Kollin (essay date 1997)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kollin, Susan. “‘The First White Women in the Last Frontier’: Writing Race, Gender, and Nature in Alaska Travel Narratives.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 18, no. 2 (1997): 105-24.

[In the following excerpt, Kollin focuses on Elizabeth Beaman's Alaskan travel narrative in order to explore the intellectual labor that white women performed in claiming a space for themselves in new environments.]


The period that gave rise to the United States' quest for a northern frontier also saw the emergence of what historian Walter LaFeber calls the “New Empire,” the project of global economic and cultural...

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Antonia Losano (essay date 1997)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Losano, Antonia. “A Preference for Vegetables: The Travel Writings and Botanical Art of Marianne North.” Women's Studies 26 (1997): 423-48.

[In the following essay, Losano discusses Marianne North's memoirs and examines her observations of flora during her travels, her stance against notions of women's role in botanical sciences, and her revision of the Romantic notions of nature. Losano also discusses North's paintings and their relation to her writing.]


Marianne North (1830-1890), in her memoir Recollections of a Happy Life,...

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