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The Politics of Writing: Julia Kavanagh, 1824-77$
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Eileen Fauset

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719055577

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719055577.001.0001

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A Summer and Winter in the Two Sicilies

A Summer and Winter in the Two Sicilies

(p.210) 5 A Summer and Winter in the Two Sicilies
The Politics of Writing: Julia Kavanagh, 1824-77

Eileen Fauset

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses female travel writers, who normally wrote from a perspective characterised by the nature of their personal domestic experience, and notes that Kavanagh was also subject to some form of gender censure and restrictiveness. It studies Kavanagh's A Summer and Winter in the Two Sicilies, in which she uses a domestic approach and comments on the gender politics and cultural contradictions of life in the two Sicilies. The chapter then refers to women travellers, and observes that Kavanagh presents a prominent voice as she draws on the context of cultural ‘differences’ in Italian and English women. It concludes that her interest in and delivery of the experiences of women are a form of political writing in itself.

Keywords:   female travel writers, domestic experience, gender censure, gender politics, cultural contradictions, women travellers, cultural differences, political writing

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