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Women Travelers in Egypt: From the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century

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Until late in the nineteenth century, few guidebooks acknowledged the presence of women as travelers-although women had been traveling around the world for centuries. Women's accounts of their journeys, distinct from those of male travelers, began to appear more frequently in the early nineteenth century, and Egypt was a popular destination. Women had more time to watch ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by American University in Cairo Press (first published November 1st 2011)
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Jacki (Julia Flyte)
I'm a bit obsessed with Egypt at the moment so I loved this collection of excerpts from diaries and letters written by women travellers to Egypt. There are 38 writers featured, the earliest from 1779 and the most recent from 2006, but the majority date from the mid to late 19th century. Some feature multiple times and others only once. In all but the very earliest, the writing feels fresh and not at all dated in style.

I feel like I got to know these women through their writing which is lively
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Rogue Reader
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A wonderful, unusually organized travelogue of a most exotic place. Manley has read and researched widely and pulls excerpts from women's writings to create a progressive tour of Egypt. The period of writing is almost irrelevant, as the excerpts are of place and intent and not of time. The trope stands well here, Egypt timeless and mysterious. Some women are traveling with their husbands and some are traveling alone. All though, are particular observant of place and people and daily life. Such ...more
Robert Muller
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this collection of excerpts from women travelers in Egypt through three centuries. I didn't find much new, but experiencing the place through the eyes of women is certainly a unique perspective. The parts in the South of Egypt also reveal the major differences between then and now, with the Aswan dam(s) changing the landscape and the spirit of the cataracts forever, and the lost temple of Aset (Isis) in Philae. Nothing is forever.
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