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Title: The Adventures of Miss Ross: Interventions into, and the tenacity of, romance narrative in South West Persia
Authors: Cooke, Barbara
First Published: 1-Jun-2015
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
Citation: Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 16 (1), pp. 54-74 (20)
Abstract: This article concerns the written life of Dr Elizabeth Ness Macbean Ross (1878– 1915). 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; a narrative which persists to the present day, and which the forgotten A Lady Doctor in Bakhtiari Land works hard to resist.
DOI Link: 10.3167/jys.2015.160104
ISSN: 1465-2609
eISSN: 1752-2358
Embargo on file until: 1-Jun-2017
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 16 (1), pp. 54-74 (20) is available online at:
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