"An easy distance do you call it?": Marriage and Travel in 18th/19th Century British Women's Writings. - Due October 10, 2009
Panel Proposal for BWWC: "An easy distance do you call it?": Marriage and Travel in 18th and 19th-Century Novels.
Travel and marriage are often linked in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels. From Elizabeth and Darcy's debate as to whether "a woman may not be settled too near her family" to Dorothea's overwhelming experience of Rome in Middlemarch, marriage or the prospect of marriage provided opportunities for women to travel. This panel invites readings of novels written by 18th and 19th century British women writers that examine the intersection of marriage and travel. Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to: "runaway brides," or travel to escape marriage; marriage as escape from home (and consequences thereof); "mail order brides" – marriage between characters of different nationalities; honeymoons; women who traveled with their husbands after marriage.