Women and the Railway, 1850-1915 Anna Despotopoulou

ISBN: 9780748676941

Published: April 1st 2015


256 pages


Women and the Railway, 1850-1915  by  Anna Despotopoulou

Women and the Railway, 1850-1915 by Anna Despotopoulou
April 1st 2015 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 256 pages | ISBN: 9780748676941 | 9.80 Mb

Examines cultural representations of womens experience of the railway in a period of heightened mobility Womens experiences of locomotion during a period of increased physical mobility and urbanisation are explored in this monograph. The 5 chapters analyse Victorian and early Modernist texts which concentrate on women in transit by train, including Wilkie Collinss No Name, George Merediths Diana of the Crossways, Elizabeth Gaskells North and South, Henry Jamess The Spoils of Poynton and The Wings of the Dove, and stories by Rhoda Broughton, Margaret Oliphant, Charles Dickens and Katherine Mansfield.

They highlight the tension between womens boundless physical, emotional, and sexual aspiration - often depicted as closely related to the freedom and speed of train travel - and Victorian gender ideology which constructed the spaces of the railway as geographies of fear or manipulation. Key features: The first full-length examination of texts by and about women which explore the railway as a gendered space within a British and European context Explores a variety of cultural discourses which deal with women and the railway: fiction, poetry, news stories and commentaries, essays, paintings, and philosophical writings Proposes a reconceptualization of the public/private binary

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