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Gamle Norge and Nineteenth-Century British Women Travellers in Norway

Kathryn Walchester

Gamle Norge and Nineteenth-Century British Women Travellers in Norway

A striking analysis of nineteenth-century British women’s travel writings about Norway.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781783083657
December 2014 | 250 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6
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About This Book

‘This book sheds new light on British travellers’ long-standing fascination with Norway and is a major contribution to our understanding of how gender can affect ideas about nation and place. Walchester combines extensive knowledge of her material with a relaxed and engaging writing style. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learned a great deal from it.’ —Susan Bassnett, University of Warwick

‘“Gamle Norge” offers a wealth of under-explored primary sources, and little-known authors, alongside the work of their more celebrated contemporaries, in this well balanced, excellently paced, and useful study.’ —Clare Broome Saunders, University of Oxford

‘Walchester offers a thorough and fascinating account of how British women travellers experienced a country primarily associated with manly Vikings and a sublime, masculine landscape.’ —Peter Fjågesund, Telemark University College, Norway

‘Gamle Norge and Nineteenth-Century British Women Travellers in Norway’ presents an account of the development of tourism in nineteenth-century Norway and considers the ways in which women travellers depicted their travels to the region. Tracing the motivations of various groups of women travellers, such as sportswomen, tourists and aristocrats, this book argues that in their writing, Norway forms a counterpoint to Victorian Britain: a place of freedom and possibility.

Readership: This book will be of interest to students and scholars of travel writing and women’s writing, as well as nineteenth-century specialists in history, cultural studies and English literature.

Author Information

Kathryn Walchester is a lecturer in English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: Gamle Norge; 1. Pioneers and Adventuresses; 2. Aristocrats and Socialites; 3. Tourists; 4. Sportswomen; 5. Norway in Fiction; Conclusions: ‘A Trunk of My Grandmother’s Clothes’; Notes; Bibliography; Index