My goal with this project is twofold.

First, to host information relating Harriert Martineau to the themes of gender and disability and stress the significance of such themes in her life and work by providing a) historical context and b) scholarly literature of interest and relevance.

Secondly, to apply the significance of these themes to both the history and the text of Martineau’s A Description of the English Lakes (1858), showing how Victorian travel guides allowed for unique forms of accessibility and, in the case of Martineau’s text, how such accessibility via the inclusive nature of the travel narrative allows for a transference/shift of power between author and reader/female and male/disabled and abled.


My great hope is that this resource serves as both informative and entertaining to readers, regardless of whether one is doing research or simply looking to kill time.

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