In-Between Two Worlds

Narratives by Female Explorers and Travellers 1850-1945

by Beatrice Bijon (Volume editor) Gérard Gacon (Volume editor)
©2009 Monographs 199 Pages


Fourteen essays provide a challenging outlook on narratives by women explorers and travellers from five different continents, spanning nearly one century from 1850 to 1945. The map thus drawn enables one to revisit, restore, and reassess the content and the originality of these narratives by women. The essays are relevant to the fields of travel writing and gender studies, and all draw from referential contemporary theoretical and critical works (Michel Foucault, Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, Roland Barthes, Michel de Certeau, Gilles Deleuze, Sara Mills, Kristi Siegel, and Jane Robinson). The main interest and originality of the volume result from the perspectives adopted by the different authors. The text-oriented analyses rely on close reading, thus definitely providing accurate and perceptive critical insights into the narratives. Such perspective precludes erasing the differential features characterizing each geographical space and each travelling subject. It also moves away from any temptation at creating a naturalized mythical image of these women.


Publication date
2009 (July)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. VIII, 199 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Beatrice Bijon (Volume editor) Gérard Gacon (Volume editor)

The Editors: Béatrice Bijon is Senior Lecturer at Saint-Etienne University, France. Her research focuses on British post-modernist fiction, post-colonial writing (India and Australia), and gender studies. Bijon has published articles on Angela Carter, Valery Larbaud and Joyce, Janet Frame, Shirley Hazzard, Arundhati Roy, and Jeanette Winterson. More recently, she has researched on exploration and travel narratives (Vivienne de Watteville, David Thompson, and Alexander McKenzie). She is the co-editor of Europeans Writing the Mezzogiorno (2006) and The Production of Strangeness in Post-Colonial Literatures (forthcoming). She is currently preparing a book on the suffragettes. Gérard Gâcon is Senior Lecturer at Saint-Etienne University, France. He is the author of a collection of his own poetry (Poinçons, 2007), a book on the translation and hermeneutics of poetry (Le Lait de paradis, 2005), and various translations of English poets (Sidney, Shakespeare, Herrick, Marvell, Coleridge, Carroll) in bilingual editions. Gâcon has also contributed 101 texts of his own plus 76 in collaboration with Paul Bensimon to the prestigious Anthologie bilingue de la poésie anglaise (2005). His research has also investigated the realm of literary biography (John Aubrey) and autobiography (Wordsworth), and more recently, travel literature (Mungo Park, Mary Kingsley, Fanny Parks).


Title: In-Between Two Worlds