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The 'Incumberances'British Women in India, 1615-1856$
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Joan Mickelson Gaughan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198092148

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092148.001.0001

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‘In Search of the Picturesque’

‘In Search of the Picturesque’

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The 'Incumberances'

Joan Mickelson Gaughan

Oxford University Press

The acquisition of empire allowed women to travel about and explore India as they never had been able to before. The result was a new genre of literature in English—travel writing by women. After Jemima Kindersley in 1777, Maria Graham became the second woman to publish journals and letters about India (1812 and 1814). She set the pattern for popularizing the more scholarly work of the Orientalists but she and many of the women who followed her, such as Fanny Parkes and Emma Roberts, also show an enthusiasm and open-minded curiosity about India, not limited to the zenana or sati. Much of what ordinary men and women in Britain would know of India in the early nineteenth century would come from travel writing, especially that done by women.

Keywords:   Travel writing, Maria Graham, Fanny Parkes, Emma Roberts, Orientalists

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