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Women and the Railway, 1850-1915

Anna Despotopoulou


Examining the representation of women in the spaces of the railway in literature and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, this book explores the extraordinary and unprecedented opportunities that the train offered women. An emblem of the conquest of national and imperial space and of the staggering advances of science and technology, the train gave women a taste of its omnipotence, eventually becoming a space of emancipation, transgression, but also fear for women. The book brings together the sensation, mystery, realist, and early modernist railway narratives by female and m ... More

Keywords: railway/train, women passengers, victorian fiction, mobility, travel, transportation, gender, violence, transgression, public/private space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748676941
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Despotopoulou, author