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They traveled into lands and cultures, some quite hostile to women, to experience for themselves the challenges and the appeal of the foreign and exotic. Often enduring hardships, sometimes risking their lives, and always defying conventions, these wayward women travelers refused to be limited by their sex and sought for themselves authentic experience. “Wayward Women Travelers” will relate the history of some of these exceptional women, placing their endeavors within the cultural context of the cult of domesticity that should have defined and confined their lives.
Dr. Linda De Roche is Professor Emerita of English and American Studies at Wesley College, Dover, De, where she taught courses in American literature, American studies, and gender studies. She has published on F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, and the jazz age (as well as other topics) and edited a four-volume reference work on twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. She is currently pursuing her interest in unconventional women through her research on Mrs. Victor Bruce, a contemporary of Amelia Earhart, who held land, air, and speed records during the early twentieth century.
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