Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Women and the Railway, 1850-1915$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Anna Despotopoulou

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676941

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676941.001.0001

Show Summary Details



(p.1) Introduction
Women and the Railway, 1850-1915

Anna Despotopoulou

Edinburgh University Press

The Introduction compares the train and railway station to other public spaces in which women roamed freely in the Victorian period, arguing that the train, a semi-public/private space, was an ambiguously gendered space which fostered woman’s impulse to traverse boundaries, physically, mentally, and emotionally. The railway was experienced subjectively by women and opened up new possibilities for self-exploration and growth. Women’s trajectories within and beyond the city and the nation, as urban passengers, travellers, tourists, and exiles play an important role in the making and remaking of their identity as modern subjects in an urban, industrial, and imperial setting. The chapter examines important studies of the socio-cultural impact of the railway (Schivelbusch and Freeman) as well as critical approaches to literary representations of women, mobility, and public space. It also draws on space theorists and geographers such as Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, Doreen Massey, and Tim Cresswell, who view space as socially constructed and constructing, as the product of an ongoing, dynamic process involving nature, politics, culture, and history, in order to interrogate the extent to which women were capable of disrupting ideological beliefs which were implicated in the production of railway spaces.

Keywords:   railway, gender, women passengers, mobility, private/public space, space theory, Michel de Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Doreen Massey

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.