Over the last couple of decades there has been a strong academic interest in how individuals interact with each other while en route. Yet, even if various studies have informed us about present-day realities of travel companionships, we know little about the influence of gender both on these realities, as well as on the discourse in which these are being narrated.

This book aims to establish an agenda for the study of companionship in travel writing by offering a collection of new essays which study texts that belong to the broad category of pre-modern and modern travel literature. Chapters explore the differences and similarities in the ways that women and men in the past chose to describe their experiences with, and/or their ideas about companionship, and specifically reveals the influence of gender norms, conventions, restrictions, and stereotypes.

This is the first book which looks at the long-term, interdisciplinary, and genuinely international history of gendered discourses on companionship in travel writing. It will be of interest to scholars and students from a wide variety of disciplines, including cultural and social history, as well as cultural, literary, gender, travel, and tourism studies.

chapter |16 pages

Who is carrying the luggage?

Gendered discourses on companionship in travel writing: an introduction
ByFloris Meens, Tom Sintobin

chapter 1|18 pages

On the ship in Petronius’ Satyrica

Gender roles on the move in the early Roman Empire
ByMargherita Carucci

chapter 2|12 pages

Meeting the holy men

Self-perception of the female traveller and interaction between men and women in the late antique Itinerarium Egeriae
ByFabia Neuerburg

chapter 3|19 pages

“He proved to be an inseparable travel companion”

Emo of Wittewierum and his Rome journey in 1211–1212
ByDick de Boer

chapter 4|13 pages

Not for weaker vessels?!

Travel and gender in the early modern low countries
ByGerrit Verhoeven

chapter 5|20 pages

The travels/travails of Mme de Sévigné

The companion(s) of an inveterate letter writer
ByPeter Rietbergen

chapter 7|16 pages

Memsahibs’ travel writings

Wifely virtues and female imperial historiography
ByIpshita Nath

chapter 9|17 pages

Companions and competitors

Men and women travellers and travel writing in the mid-nineteenth-century French Pyrenees
ByMartyn Lyons

chapter 10|18 pages

Enamoured men – confident women

Gender relations and the travel journal of Lilla von Bulyovszky (1833–1909)
ByUte Sonnleitner

chapter 11|15 pages

An Italian in Scandinavia

Elisa Cappellis’s idealizations of the North
ByRosella Perugi

chapter 12|19 pages

Goddess and Leader

Conflict and companionship in Agnes Herbert’s hunting travelogues
ByTara Kathleen Kelly

chapter 13|10 pages

“My luggage and my ladies were unloaded”

Companionship in Cyriel Buysse’s De vroolijke tocht
ByTom Sintobin

chapter 14|17 pages

Comrade Lisa

Spousal labour and family branding in Colin and Lisa Ross’s travel media 1
ByJoachim Schätz, Katalin Teller

chapter 15|20 pages

The not-so-solo traveller

Mary Pos, Dutch writer and journalist
ByBabs Boter