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Adventurous Ladies

Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers - M. Morris

A goldmine of further reading and social history of (largely) colonial travel by women. The quality is uneven, but I was immediately enchanted by the extract from Andrea Lee's Russian Journal . I would have said it was all White European women travellers, but Lee is African American. I wonder to what extent travel-for-pleasure (or 'adventure') itself is a specifically colonial activity, linked to our sense of entitlement to consume, appropriate, place and police the Other. Lee's memoir stands in contrast to the sense of this, elsewhere much in evidence.