Women, Travel, and Science in Nineteenth-Century Americas

The Politics of Observation

  • Nina Gerassi-Navarro

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Nina Gerassi-Navarro
    Pages 1-26
  3. Nina Gerassi-Navarro
    Pages 27-67
  4. Nina Gerassi-Navarro
    Pages 231-234
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 235-276

About this book


This book offers a new and insightful look at the interconnections between the United States, Brazil and Mexico during the nineteenth century. Gerassi-Navarro brings together U.S. and Latin American Studies with her analysis of the travel narratives of Frances Calderón de la Barca and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz. Inspired by the writings of Alexander von Humboldt these women, in their travels, expand his views on the tropics to include a social dimension to their observations on nature, culture, race, and progress in Brazil and Mexico. Highlighting the role of women as a new kind of observer as well as the complexity of connections between the United States and Latin America, Gerassi-Navarro interweaves science, politics, and aesthetics in new transnational frameworks.


Women and Nineteenth-Century Travel Narratives Alexander von Humboldt Frances Calderón de la Barca Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Science and Nineteenth-Century Travel Narratives Nineteenth-Century Travel Narratives about Mexico Nineteenth-Century Travel Narratives about Brazil Latin American literature Latin American women writers

Authors and affiliations

  • Nina Gerassi-Navarro
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Romance LanguagesTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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