Book Announcement: Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World

Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World
Patricia Akhimie and Bernadette Andrea, eds.
University of Nebraska Press, 2019

Popular English travel guides from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries asserted that women who wandered too far afield were invariably suspicious, dishonest, and unchaste. As the essays in Travel and Travail reveal, however, early modern women did travel, often quite extensively, with no diminution of their moral fiber. Female travelers were also frequently represented on the English stage and in other creative works, both as a reproach to the ban on female travel and as a reflection of historical women’s travel, whether intentional or not.

Travel and Travail conclusively refutes the notion of female travel in the early modern era as “an absent presence.” The first part of the volume offers analyses of female travelers (often recently widowed or accompanied by their husbands), the practicalities of female travel, and how women were thought to experience foreign places. The second part turns to literature, including discussions of roving women in Shakespeare, Margaret Cavendish, and Thomas Heywood. Whether historical actors or fictional characters, women figured in the wider world of the global Renaissance, not simply in the hearth and home.

Introduction: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World
Patricia Akhimie and Bernadette Andrea

Part 1. Early Modern Women Travelers: Global and Local Trajectories

1. Desdemona and Mrs. Keeling, Richmond Barbour

2. A Stranger Bride: Mariam Khan and the East India Company, Karen Robertson

3. Sailing to India: Women, Travel, and Crisis in the Seventeenth Century, Amrita Sen

4. Teresa Sampsonia Sherley: Amazon, Traveler, and Consort, Carmen Nocentelli

5. The Global Travels of Teresa Sampsonia Sherley’s Carmelite Relic, Bernadette Andrea

6. Gender and Travel Discourse: Richard Lassels’s “The Voyage of the Lady Catherine Whetenall from Brussells into Italy” (1650), Patricia Akhimie

7. Advance and Retreat: Reading English Colonial Choreographies of Pocahontas, Elisa Oh

8. Lady Anne Clifford’s Way and Aristocratic Women’s Travel, Laura Williamson Ambrose

Part 2. Early Modern Women and the Globe: Gendered Travel on the English Stage

9. Mapping Women: Place Names and a Woman’s Place, Laura Aydelotte

10. Eroticizing Women’s Travel: Desdemona and the Desire for Adventure in Othello, Stephanie Chamberlain

11. Desdemona’s Divided Duty: Gender and Courtesy in Othello, Michael Slater

12. From Adventure to Danger in the Travels of Desdemona and Miranda, Eder Jaramillo

13. Marian Mobility, Black Madonnas, and the Cleopatra Complex, Ruben Espinosa

14. Precarious Travail, Gender, and Narration in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World, Dyani Johns Taff

15. Traveling Companions: Shakespeare’s As You Like It and the Book of Ruth, Suzanne Tartamella

16. English Women, Romance, and Global Travel in Thomas Heywood’s The Fair Maid of the West, Part I, Gaywyn Moore

Afterword: Looking for the Women in Early Modern Travel Writing, Mary C. Fuller

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