Exiles, Travellers and Vagabonds :
Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing
ed. by Kate Averis and Isabel Hollis-Touré
With contributions from : Jeanette den Toonder, Christopher Hogarth, Alison Rice, Dúnlaith Bird, Jane Hiddleston, Siobhán McIlvanney, Boukary Sawadogo, Bonnie Thomas, Charles Forsdick, Anna-Louise Milne, Margarita Alfonso, Mildred Mortimer.
Travel writing, migrant writing, exile writing, expatriate writing, and even the fictional travelling protagonists that emerge in literary works from around the globe, have historically tended to depict mobility as a masculine phenomenon. The presence of such genres in women’s writing, however, poses a rich and unique body of work. This volume examines the texts of Francophone women who have experienced or reflected upon the experience of transnational movement. Due to the particularity of their relationship to home, and the consequent impact of this on their experience of displacement, the study of women’s mobility opens up new questions in our understanding of the movement from place to place, and in our broader understanding of colonial and postcolonial worlds. Addressing the proximities and overlaps that exist between the experiences of women exiles, migrants, expatriates and travellers, the collected essays in this book seek to challenge the usefulness, relevance or validity of such terms for conceptualising today’s complex patterns of transnational mobility and the gendered identities produced therein.
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