“And the landscape possesses every beauty and variety”: Narrating the Marche through Margaret Collier’s Unconventional Gaze




Parole chiave:

Margaret Collier; Our Home by the Adriatic; the Marche; unknown Italian landscapes; Victorian women’s writing; travel writing


Our Home by the Adriatic (1886) by Margaret Collier is a travel book which provides historical, social and cultural knowledge about the people, spaces and places of the Italian region of the Marche. Collier’s marriage to a former Garibaldian officer was the occasion for her move to Italy, where her need to write developed as something different from that of a tourist. Indeed, her topographical writing was spurred by her desire to prove that women were capable of traveling and writing (Mangani), and to undermine the stereotype of the woman who “[…] could not write so well; [if she did] it was her brother’s, no doubt” (Battestin 380-381). Beyond the gender dimension, the essay will survey how Collier’s travel writing depicts through its anthropological approach both the lights and the shadows of the Marche, and how the portrayal of the region itself proves to be crucial to her understanding of place and perception of space.


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Biografia autore

Carla Tempestoso, Università della Calabria,University of Calabria

Carla Tempestoso is a post-doc research fellow in English Literature at the University of Calabria, where she earned a PhD in Literary, Linguistic, Philological, and Translation Studies at the International School of Humanities. She is working on Italian translations of the Bluestocking Circle’s writers from both a literary and a digital perspective. She is editor-in-chief of the open access journal Margins. Her interdisciplinary research interests include Anglo/Caribbean Studies, Translation Studies, Gender Studies, and Digital Humanities, and she is a published author in these fields.

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Come citare

Tempestoso, Carla. 2023. «“And the Landscape Possesses Every Beauty and variety”: Narrating the Marche through Margaret Collier’s Unconventional Gaze». Altre Modernità, n. 29 (maggio):80-95. https://doi.org/10.54103/2035-7680/20058.