Synopses & Reviews
The nineteenth century was a period of peak popularity for travel to Latin America, where a new political independence was accompanied by loosened travel restrictions. Such expeditions resulted in numerous travel accounts, most by men. However, because th
"Women through Women's Eyes" draws from ten insightful accounts by female visitors to Latin America in the nineteenth century. Organized chronologically, the accounts range in time from the independence period to the end of the century. Their destinations extend across Latin America from the Caribbean to Chile, with the greatest concentration in Mexico and Brazil, the principal centers of attraction for foreign visitors.
These firsthand accounts from female foreign travelers bring a number of diverse Latin American women into focus. Questions of gender difference, family life, religion, women's labor, and education are addressed, in addition to the attitudes, customs, practices, and interrelationships of men and women within the structure of Latin American societies. "Women through Women's Eyes" documents class, racial, ethnic, and geographic differences, and touches upon the nature of cross-cultural relations between Latin American and foreign visitors.