A Summer and Winter in the Two Sicilies

Eileen Fauset

in The Politics of Writing: Julia Kavanagh, 1824-77

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780719055577
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702222 | DOI:
A Summer and Winter in the Two Sicilies

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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

Chapter.  7245 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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