Two Women Writers and Their Italian Tours: Mary Shelley's Rambles in Germany and Italy 1840, 1842 and 1843 and Lucja Rautenstrauchowa's in and Beyond the Alps

Author: Ozarska, Magdalena
Year:2014
Pages:220
ISBN:0-7734-4325-8
978-0-7734-4325-9
Price:179.95
A critical analysis of the form of the Romantic travelogue, making use of material that comes from two women writers from two different parts of Europe, but refers to the same subject matter- i.e. mid-19th century travels in Italy.
A gem to attract a wide readership. This book will interest researchers in nineteenth-century literature as well as comparative literary scholars and appeal to the non-specialist readers and enthusiasts of Romantic travel writing and women’s literature.

Reviews

“Dr.O?arska's work contributes significantly to scholarship in Women’s Studies by her pioneering examination of the most interesting and enduring part of the work of the Polish woman (‘a lady of quality’)…one of the very few Romantic women writers in Poland..”
-Prof. Teresa Bela,
Jagiellonian University,
Krakow, Poland


“The most conspicuous merits of the book include, for one thing, a unique juxtaposition of the two authors’ biographies and their travel writing (although Shelley and Rautenstrauchowa never met, yet – O?arska aptly points out – their biographies and literary oeuvre show a number of parallels)…”
-Prof. Dariusz Rott,
University of Silesia,
Katowice, Poland


“O?arska’s book makes a significant contribution to various aspects of Nineteenth-Century Studies and is particularly valuable for both comparative Studies of European literature and Women’s Studies.”
-Olga Baird,
Independent Scholar,
Birmingham, UK


Table of Contents

FOREWORD BY OLGA BAIRD
AUTHOR’S PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
CHAPTER ONE. INTRODUCTION

A Review of Critical Literature on the Writings of Mary Shelley and ?ucja Rautenstrauchowa
The Parallel Biographies of Mary Shelley and ?ucja Rautenstrauchowa
The Origins of Rambles in Germany and Italy in 1840, 1842 and 1843, and In and Beyond the Alps
CHAPTER TWO. POINTS OF CONVERGENCE: THE CONVENTION OBEYED
The Autobiographical Pact in the Two Italian Tours
The Epistolary Mode and its Implementation
Nineteenth-Century Selections in Formal Realism
The Desire to Document
Mimetic Authority and the Handling of Dialogue
CHAPTER THREE. DOWNPLAYING THE CONVENTION
Sidetracking the Traveller’s Credibility
Rampant Sentimentality
Rautenstrauchowa’s Novelistic Ramble
The Appeal of English Romanticism
CHAPTER FOUR. TOURISTS, RAMBLERS, TRAVELEES: THE HUMAN FACTOR IN THE TWO TOURS
Tourists or Travellers? Contemporary Perspectives
Overlapping itineraries and Resulting Tourist Gazes
A Compulsion to Classify
Italian Travelees
EPILOGUE
APPENDIX,. ?UCJA RAUTENSTRAUCHOWA’S IN AND BEYOND THE ALPS: SELECTED FRAGMENTS IN TRANSLATION

From Vol. I, Chapter VIII: Pisa – Lord Byron
From Vol. II, Chapter VIII: Carnival – Lent – Holy Week – Female Pilgrims
From Vol. III, Chapter IV: …Women – Middle-Class Customs
From Vol. III, Chapter V: Vesuvius
From Vol. III, Chapter VII: Innamorata
From Vol. III, Chapter XI:…The Taking of the Veil
REFERENCES
NAME AND SUBJECT INDEX