Taking the Enlightenment and the feminist tradition to which it gave rise as its historical and philosophical coordinates, Feminism and the Politics of Travel After the Enlightenment explores the coincidence of feminist vindications and travel in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the way travel's utopian dimension and feminism's utopian ideals have intermittently fed off each other in productive ways. Travel's gender politics is analyzed in the works of J.-J. Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, Stephanie-Felicite de Genlis, Germaine de Stael, Frances Burney, Flora Tristan, Suzanne Voilquin, Gustave Flaubert George Sand, Robyn Davidson, and Sara Wheeler.
Yael Schlick is associate adjunct professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where she teaches courses on travel writing, autobiography, and modern literature. She has published articles on nineteenth-century French and British travel writing and colonial literature, and on 20th century autobiographical narratives. She has recently co-edited a volume of essays on the figure of the coquette with Shelley King. Her translation and critical edition of Victor Segalen's Essay on Exoticism was published in 2002.