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The Adventures of Miss Ross: Interventions into, and the tenacity of, romantic travel writing in Southwest Persia

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posted on 28.09.2017, 15:00 by Barbara CookeBarbara Cooke
This article concerns the written life of Dr Elizabeth Ness Macbean Ross (1878–1911). Ross’s posthumously published memoir about this time, A Lady Doctor in Bakhtiari Land (1921), challenges the masculine, monomythic stance of her travel-writing forebears Sir Henry Layard and Sir Richard Burton and anticipates contemporary texts in which the encounter between “traveling” self and “native” other destabilizes, rather than reaffirms, the traveler’s sense of identity and authority. The article also briefly examines a set of stories the Times ran on Dr Ross, which attempted to appropriate her for a dominant narrative of the Middle East reliant on a languid orientalism, on the one hand, and tales of derring-do, on the other.

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Department

  • English and Drama

Published in

Journeys

Volume

16

Issue

1

Pages

54-74

Citation

COOKE, B., 2015. The Adventures of Miss Ross: Interventions into, and the tenacity of, romantic travel writing in Southwest Persia. Journeys, 16 (1), pp. 54–74.

Publisher

© Berghahn

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015-06-01

Copyright date

2015

Notes

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in Journeys. The definitive publisher-authenticated version COOKE, B., 2015. The Adventures of Miss Ross: Interventions into, and the tenacity of, romantic travel writing in Southwest Persia. Journeys, 16 (1), pp. 54–74 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.3167/jys.2015.160104.

ISSN

1465-2609

eISSN

1752-2358

Language

en