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Gendering Balkanisms: Gender, Culture, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Women's Travelogues in the Balkans

Gendering Balkanisms: Gender, Culture, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Women's Travelogues in the... Gendering Balkanisms Gender, Culture, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travelogues in the Balkans Marina Matešic´ ABSTRACT This article links nineteenth-century travelogues about the Balkans writt en by Euro- pean women travelers—Dora d’Istria, Maria Karlova, Emily Strangford, and Paulina Irby and Georgina Mackenzie—both to a broader historical discourse called Balkanism and to the socio-historical contexts of the authors themselves. It examines the ways in which these texts adopted existing hegemonic dichotomies of Balkanism concerning culture, ethnicity/religion, and gender and whether they set new paths for Balkanist discourse. Writt en during the time of anti-Ott oman uprisings and nation-building movements, the travelogues expressed diverse humanitarian, Christian, feminist, anti-imperial/Turkish and other agendas and discussed the crucial role of (Balkan) women in it. Through a particular focus on domestic life and the lives of women, these women travelers also spoke of their own position in society, bringing to light their struggle for equality in traveling, writing, and participating in broader political and social life, and in that way disturbed the male-centered Balkanist discourse. KEYWORDS: Balkanism, gender and ethnicity, history of feminism, hospitality and travel- ing, Orientalism, Ott oman Balkans, women’s travelogues Th is article examines the diff erent ways in which women’s travelogues http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

Gendering Balkanisms: Gender, Culture, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Women's Travelogues in the Balkans

Aspasia , Volume 9 (1): 25 – Mar 1, 2015

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1933-2882
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1933-2890
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10.3167/asp.2015.090103
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Abstract

Gendering Balkanisms Gender, Culture, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travelogues in the Balkans Marina Matešic´ ABSTRACT This article links nineteenth-century travelogues about the Balkans writt en by Euro- pean women travelers—Dora d’Istria, Maria Karlova, Emily Strangford, and Paulina Irby and Georgina Mackenzie—both to a broader historical discourse called Balkanism and to the socio-historical contexts of the authors themselves. It examines the ways in which these texts adopted existing hegemonic dichotomies of Balkanism concerning culture, ethnicity/religion, and gender and whether they set new paths for Balkanist discourse. Writt en during the time of anti-Ott oman uprisings and nation-building movements, the travelogues expressed diverse humanitarian, Christian, feminist, anti-imperial/Turkish and other agendas and discussed the crucial role of (Balkan) women in it. Through a particular focus on domestic life and the lives of women, these women travelers also spoke of their own position in society, bringing to light their struggle for equality in traveling, writing, and participating in broader political and social life, and in that way disturbed the male-centered Balkanist discourse. KEYWORDS: Balkanism, gender and ethnicity, history of feminism, hospitality and travel- ing, Orientalism, Ott oman Balkans, women’s travelogues Th is article examines the diff erent ways in which women’s travelogues

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AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2015

Keywords: Balkanism; gender and ethnicity; history of feminism; hospitality and traveling; Orientalism; Ottoman Balkans; women's travelogues

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