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Gender Stereotypes in Some Romantic Travelogues (and How to Use Them)



Cet article aborde la littérature de voyage de l’époque romantique à partir d’une perspective genrée. Après des réflexions générales sur l’association du genre viatique au masculin, il s’intéresse à trois récits présentés comme ayant été écrits par une femme, avec la collaboration plus ou moins étroite de son mari. Il s’agira non pas de tenter de discerner une spécificité masculine ou féminine du récit de voyage, mais d’analyser la manière dont la dimension ouvertement genrée du texte influe sur sa perception, au point peut-être de s’intégrer dans une stratégie visant à faire accepter un discours parfois radical.

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1This essay will concentrate on travel narratives written primarily in the first person plural, presented as having been mostly or entirely penned by a woman travelling with her husband during the Romantic period, when collaborative works began to be published. In such works, readers might expect to find a distinction between masculine and feminine voices and personae based upon clearly differentiated gender roles, which does not mean that I will assume an essentialist viewpoint according to which those voices or personae depend on biology. A very recent essay by Nicole Pellegrin has shown how difficult and even frustrating such an approach can be: her interrogation about a masculine and a feminine way of writing travel literature – “Y a-t-il un il ou un elle de l’écriture de voyage?” (Pellegrin 121) – based upon a study of the Cradocks’ separate accounts of their journey to Lyon yielded unexpected and interesting, but inconclusive, results, leaving the question open as to whether the highlighted variations stemmed from differences in sensibility or from the modes of writing chosen by each spouse1.

2The perspective adopted here derives largely from that taken up by Sara Mills in her influential Discourses of Difference (1991), where she analyses various works and comes to the following conclusion:

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