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Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Zoë Kinsley

This article considers the ways in which eighteenth-century womens travel narratives function as autobiographical texts, examining the process by which a travellers dislocation from home can enable exploration of the self through the observation and description of place. It also, however, highlights the complexity of the relationship between two forms of writing which a contemporary readership viewed as in many ways distinctly different. The travel accounts considered, composed (at least initially) in manuscript form, in many ways contest the assumption that manuscript travelogues will somehow be more self-revelatory than printed accounts. Focusing upon the travel writing of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Katherine Plymley, Caroline Lybbe Powys and Dorothy Richardson, the article argues for a more historically nuanced approach to the reading of womens travel writing and demonstrates that the narration of travel does not always equate to a desired or successful narration of the self.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Marie Helena Loughlin

particular15 the more they are permitted a plurality of wives. But whether it happens through a just punishment from Heaven, or proceed from their sorceries, which are common and allowed in Turkey, and ordinarily practised by the women in opposition to one another to appropriate the affections of their husbands, it has always been observed that the Turks who keep many women are not so well-stored with children as they who observe conjugal chastity and confine themselves to one. […] Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762), writer, traveler, and inoculation pioneer Daughter

in Same-Sex Desire in Early Modern England, 1550–1735
Poems and recipes in early modern women’s writing
Jayne Elisabeth Archer

’), Philips’s narrator causes us to doubt the ability of medicine, or, indeed, the advice of a well-meaning friend, to alter the mind of someone determined to make themselves into ‘a sacrifise to cupid’. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762) used a poetic recipe in order to give similar advice, this time to an older woman. In ‘A Receipt to Cure the Vapours. Written to Lady

in Reading and writing recipe books, 1550–1800
Peter Lachmann

occasional death. From Turkey, variolation was introduced into England through the good offices, in part, of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (as shown in her letter below) and became reasonably widespread. Extract of a letter from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Constantinople to Mrs Sarah Chiswell, written in 1717 (Lynch n.d.: Letter XXXI) The small-pox, so fatal, and so general amongst us, is here entirely harmless by the invention of ingrafting, which is the term they give it . . . Every year thousands undergo this operation; and the French ambassador says pleasantly, that they

in The freedom of scientific research
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Dana Arnold

experience were generally quite uniform. 3 Here the patrons of the future mixed with antiquarians and architects, and even academics. As Edward Gibbon remarked, ‘according to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman’. 4 That said, tourism was not solely the preserve of the English single male, as newly-weds, families and single women from across Europe also undertook these extended journeys. Notable here amongst British women travellers are Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the Parminter sisters, Jane and

in Architecture and ekphrasis
Rebecca Anne Barr

-pleasurist’ Lady Bell Travers; an older, experienced, witty, female rake who may be a caricature of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.88 It is in his encounter with the imperious, powerful and self-possessed lady libertine that Cleland’s complex of sexual continence, dietetic anxiety and visceral disgust is elaborated. Lady Travers is a ‘seraglio of beauties’, whose personal refinement precludes any sense of surfeit.89 It is ‘reserved for lady Travers alone to disgust [Sir William] of lady Travers’.90 Driven by ‘unremitting gust’ to pursue his paramour, Sir William enters her house

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
Eileen Fauset

element of their response to other women within the discourse of art. Moreover, Kavanagh’s description here holds the same fascination for the exotic – woman as ‘Other’ – as those women famously beheld by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu on her visit to a Turkish baths. Writing from Adrianople, on 1 April 1717, to an unknown female correspondent, Lady Montagu stresses the beauty of the women she witnesses: They Walked and mov’d with the same majestic Grace which Milton describes of our General Mother.33 There were many amongst them as exactly proportion’d as ever any Goddess

in The politics of writing
Jennifer Mori

’, Journal of Politics, 63 (2001), 1–28; Tamara Gregg, ‘Universal history from counter-reformation to enlightenment’, Modern Intellectual History, 4 (2007), 219–47; Porter, Turkey, i. p. 252. Porter, Turkey, pp. 55–6, 73–4, 223–5, 237–8, 253–4, 259, 340. Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, ii. pp. 284–6; Porter, Turkey, pp. 250, 273–5, 322, 324–5, 329; Isobel Grundy, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (Oxford, 1999), pp. 138–9. Grundy, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, pp. 199–200; E.W. Fernea, ‘An early ethnographer of Middle Eastern women – Montagu, Mary Wortley (1689

in The culture of diplomacy