Introduction: ‘No Region for Tourists and Women’

Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

in Transatlantic Women's Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624454
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652242 | DOI:
Introduction: ‘No Region for Tourists and Women’

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about transatlantic literature and women's narratives of travel and adventure. This book analyses several examples of relevant literature, including Nella Larsen's Quicksand, Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine and Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist. It explores the construction of racial identities across the transatlantic space and the lure of the exotic ‘other’, the role of identity selection and national performance in memoirs of travel, the pull of home, and the reinvention of foreignness both within and outside the family.

Keywords: transatlantic literature; women's narratives; travel; adventure; Quicksand; Jasmine; Accidental Tourist; identity selection; memoirs; foreignness

Chapter.  11770 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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