‘Out of Place’: solitude and social isolation in early modern travel writings

Jennifer Caryl Henderson

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This dissertation investigates expressions of solitude and isolation in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English travel autobiography, diary, memoir, and letter. It examines eight case studies: Richard Norwood, John Newton, Edward Barlow, Mary Lacy, Thomas Gray, Mary Coke, Ann Fanshawe and Robert Bargrave. The thesis explores solitude in relation to social intimacy, emotional communities, virtue, and connections to home. It argues that solitude was both a physical space and an imagined construct, and travellers expressed solitude both in company and alone. Drawing on the history of emotions, the dissertation explores the ways early modern travellers expressed and interpreted their own experiences of solitude.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Tarbin, Stephanie Louisa, Supervisor
  • Van Gent, Jacqueline, Supervisor
  • O'Loughlin, Katrina, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date31 Jan 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 05/02/2018 to 05/02/2020. Made publicly available on 05/02/2020.


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