Mediation and expansion: Harriet Martineau's travels in America

Scholl, Lesa (2009) Mediation and expansion: Harriet Martineau's travels in America. Women's History Review, 18 5: 819-833. doi:10.1080/09612020903282233

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Author Scholl, Lesa
Title Mediation and expansion: Harriet Martineau's travels in America
Journal name Women's History Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0961-2025
1747-583X
Publication date 2009-11-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/09612020903282233
Volume 18
Issue 5
Start page 819
End page 833
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Martineau’s travel writing was designed to educate society by representing alternative cultural possibilities. This article engages with translation theory to demonstrate how Society in America and Retrospect of Western Travel mediate between American and English cultures, expanding the possibilities for nineteenth‐century women in both England and America. Martineau achieves this through an established discourse that aligns women with the position of slaves in America. Like a translator, Martineau creates tension between the foreign and the familiar through the deliberate confusion and ambiguity of cultural expectations on both sides of the Atlantic, leading her readers to question and revise their ideologies.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Victorian Women in Britain and the United States: New Perspectives

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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