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Ladies on the loose : contemporary female travel as a 'promiscuous' excursion

Cantrell, Kate (2011) Ladies on the loose : contemporary female travel as a 'promiscuous' excursion. M/C Journal, 14(3).

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Abstract

This paper maps gendered trouble spots in contemporary works of female travel. Since travel itself is a metaphor for the slippage or displacement of cultural knowledge, there is need for closer and more complex readings of the female practice. This paper locates the contemporary female traveller on ground and on page, and flags some of the cultural myths and misconceptions that affect how she moves through the world. When women travel, they inscribe themselves across landscapes that have been previously overlooked, openly discarded and largely unexamined. In doing so, they travel intricate courses due to historical connections between wandering and promiscuity and continuing confusions between issues of mobility and morality in the modern world. Taking gender then as its interpretative parameter, this paper explores the troublesome nature of women’s travel, citing various texts as examples.

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ID Code: 42277
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: gender, female travel, contemporary travel, Western travel , travel morality, gendered landscapes, gendered journeys, promiscuity, wandering, apologetic preface, fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood, Robyn Davidson, Tracks, Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Stylistics and Textual Analysis (200526)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literary Studies not elsewhere classified (200599)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult the author
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2011 11:53
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 11:53

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