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Minor Movements: (Re)locating the Travels of Early Modern English Women

by Wahlin, Leah Joy

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This thesis explores seventeenth-century autobiographical records of small-scale travels and physical relocations in the work of Aemilia Lanyer, Anne Clifford, Anna Trapnel, and An Collins. Existing work dealing with women as travelers often focuses on international voyages, especially in the context of imperialism and tourism in the nineteenth century; however, the narratives I focus on here demonstrate that shifts in location need not have been as dramatic as overseas and/or international travel in order to effect transformations in gender identity. Indeed, their more “minor movements,” as I am terming them, while much less far-reaching in geographical scope, nonetheless enabled women to represent themselves as having been radically redefined both as individuals and as members of larger female communities.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:early modern women s autobiography travel narratives literature minor movements feminism

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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