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Round the World without a Man: Feminism and Decadence in Sara Jeannette Duncan's 'A Social Departure'

Hammill, Faye (2004) Round the World without a Man: Feminism and Decadence in Sara Jeannette Duncan's 'A Social Departure'. Yearbook of English Studies, 34, Nineteenth-Century Travel Writing. pp. 112-126. ISSN 0306-2473

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Abstract

In 1888 the Canadian writer Sara Jeanette Duncan travelled around the world with only another single woman as a companion: an extremely unconventional proceeding. Her fictionalized account of her travels, "A Social Departure: How Orthodocia and I Went Round the World by Ourselves" (1890) is comic but also deliberately provocative. The book does not fit neatly into any of the available categories for discussion of "fin de siècle" texts, but can be usefully analysed in relation to two literary contexts: first, New Woman fiction and nineteenth century 'feminism'; and second, the literature of aestheticism and decadence.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26802
Keywords: American literature
Subjects: Language and Literature > American literature
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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    Depositing user: Mrs Tereza McLaughlin-Vanova
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2010 11:06
    Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 13:18
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26802

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