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Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784–1814

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Publication planned for: July 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316633380

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  • In the last days of the Scandinavian journey that would become the basis of her great post-Revolutionary travel book, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote, 'I am weary of travelling - yet seem to have no home - no resting place to look to - I am strangely cast off'. From this starting point, Ingrid Horrocks reveals the significance of representations of women wanderers in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, particularly in the work of women writers. She follows gendered, frequently reluctant wanderers beyond travel narratives into poetry, gothic romances, and sentimental novels, and places them within a long history of uses of the more traditional literary figure of the male wanderer. Drawing out the relationship between mobility and affect, and illuminating textual forms of wandering, Horrocks shows how paying attention to the figure of the woman wanderer sheds new light on women and travel, and alters assumptions about mobility's connection with freedom.

    • Provides new insight into works of major women writers of the period, including Mary Wollstonecraft, Frances Burney, Ann Radcliffe, and Charlotte Smith
    • Highlights the significance of representations of women wanderers, particularly in the work of women writers in the Romantic period
    • Has a cross-genre focus that navigates the transitions between poetry, novels, and travel literature
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: July 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316633380
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: reluctant wanderers
    1. 'Circling eye' to 'houseless stranger': the shifting landscape of the long poem
    2. The desolations of wandering: Charlotte Smith's Elegiac Sonnets
    3. 'The irresistible force of circumstances': the poetics of wandering in Radcliffean Gothic
    4. 'Take, o world! thy much indebted tear!': Mary Wollstonecraft travels
    5. 'No motive of choice': Frances Burney and the wandering novel
    Coda: 'He could afford to suffer': losses and gains.

  • Author

    Ingrid Horrocks, Massey University, Wellington
    Ingrid Horrocks completed a doctorate at Princeton University, New Jersey, before taking up a job at Massey University, Wellington. She has been a Commonwealth Scholar and in 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start Award by the Royal Society of New Zealand. She is the author of a travel book as well as of articles published in journals including Studies in Travel Writing, Studies in Romanticism, and English Literary History (ELH). She is also the editor of an edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's only travel book, co-editor of an edition of Charlotte Smith's poems, and the author of the pre-1840 chapter of A History of New Zealand Literature (2016).

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