• “Swimming among the Jellyfish”: travel guides, Elizabeth von Arnim, and Rügen

    Author(s):
    Lila Marz Harper (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    GS Travel Writing, LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English, TC Women’s and Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    Travel writing, Wit and humor, Education
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Elizabeth von Arnim, Rügen, Marianne North, tourism, Travel literature, Humor studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/qxd3-zr83
    Abstract:
    In the opening of Elizabeth von Arnim’s The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen (1904), the protagonist, Elizabeth, comes across Marianne North’s autobiography, Recollections of a Happy Life (1894) and her description of the bathing near Putbus, “a sandy cove where the water was always calm, and of how you floated about on its crystal surface, and beautiful jellyfish, stars of purest colours, floated with you”. This essay examines Arthur Schuster’s Fuhrer durch die Insel Rugen (1902) and Marianne North’s travel autobiography as background to Elizabeth’s Adventures in Rügen (1904) and how the Rügen novel began as a travel account before merging into fiction as the protagonist attempts and fails to write her own travel guide and, in opposition to social conventions for her gender and class, become a female solitary traveller.
    Notes:
    This is a draft of the final published version
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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    All Rights Reserved
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