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Taking travel home

The souvenir culture of British women tourists, 1750-1830

By Emma Gleadhill

Taking travel home
Hardcover

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5527-6
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: April 2022
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century, Modern History, Early Modern History, History, Gender studies: women & girls, HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Georgian Era (1714-1837), Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, Humanities / Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Early 19th century c 1800 to c 1850, Later 18th century c 1750 to c 1799, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Social & cultural history, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / British & Irish history
  • Series: Gender in History

Description

Taking travel home provides a cultural history of the travel souvenir. It situates the souvenir at the crossroads of competing ideas of what travel stood for which were fought out amongst a rapidly growing constituency of British tourists between 1750 and 1830.

Drawing from the theory of the souvenir as a nostalgic narrative instrument, the book uncovers how elite women tourists developed a souvenir culture around the texts and objects they brought home to realise their ambitions in the arenas of connoisseurship, science and friendship.

Ultimately, it argues that souvenirs are representative of female agency during this period. For elite women, revelling in the independence and identity formation of travel, but hampered by polite models of femininity and reliant on their menfolk, the creation of souvenirs provided a way to prove their claims to the authority of the travelling subject.

Contents

Introduction: remembering travel
PART I: GENDERING CONNOISSEURSHIP
1 The Grand Tour: a masculine legacy of taste
2 Shopping for souvenirs
3 Creating their own cultural capital: Lady Anna Miller and Hester Lynch Piozzi
PART II: GENDERING SCIENCE
4 Every fair Columbus
5 Dorothy Richardson's extensive knowledge
6 Lady Elizabeth Holland, the social orchestrator of science
PART III: GENDERING FRIENDSHIP
7 From diplomatic gift to trifle from Tunbridge Wells
8 A snuff-box and other Napoleonic keepsakes
9 Princess Ekaterina Dashkova's gifts to Martha Wilmot
Conclusion: Remembering the souvenir
Index

Author

Emma Gleadhill is Research Officer in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University

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