Genre and Gender

  • Heidi LiedkeEmail author


This chapter argues that the genre of the travelogue itself, in its very fluidity, served as a suitable medium for capturing the idle mentality, which is established by way of introducing the notion of textual idleness. The capacities of travel writing as a genre can also provoke literary questions, yet with regard to idleness it is especially fruitful to regard the travelogue’s inherent potential for experimentation as a medium that enables travellers to turn their idleness into text(s). Adding the notion of gender to the discussion, the travelogue additionally bears the potential for (female) liberation; while idleness had a primarily negative connotation (synonymous with “dullness”) with regard to the daily lives of women, as a qualitative analysis of selected periodical articles shows, it could be revaluated when they were able to experience it in the form of idling on their travels.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Koblenz-LandauLandauGermany
  2. 2.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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