Way Makers: An Anthology of Women’s Writing about Walking (Hardcover)

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Way Makers: An Anthology of Women’s Writing about Walking (Hardcover)

By Kerri Andrews (Editor)


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A sweeping collection of women’s writing on the wandering path, moving across genres, geographies, and centuries.
The follow-up to the celebrated Wanderers, Kerri Andrews’s Way Makers is the first anthology of women’s writing about walking. Moving from Elizabeth Carter’s correspondence with Catherine Talbot in the eighteenth century through to Merryn Glover in the present day, and across poetry, letters, diaries, novels, and more, this anthology traces a long tradition of women’s walking literature. Walking is, for the women included in this anthology, a source of creativity and comfort; it is a means of expressing grief, longing, and desire. It is also a complicated activity: it represents freedom but is also sometimes tinged with danger and fear. What cannot be denied any longer is that walking was, and continues to be, an activity full of physical and emotional significance for women: this anthology is a testament to the rich literary heritage created by generations of women walker-writers over the centuries.
Kerri Andrews is a reader in women’s literature and textual editing at Edge Hill University. She has published widely on women’s writing, especially Romantic-era authors, writing for the Guardian, Trail magazine, and others, and is a keen hill-walker and member of Mountaineering Scotland. She lives in Peebles, Scotland.
Product Details ISBN: 9781789147872
ISBN-10: 1789147875
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English
"Lays claim to being 'the first anthology of women's writing about walking.' . . . Andrews's groundbreaking Way Makers—stretching to around 300 pages with more than 70 entries spanning the centuries—is, she says, 'a small sample' of female words on walking. In its introduction she concludes: 'This anthology is a start. May it not be the end.'"
— Sunday Post, Scotland

"From the eighteenth century to the present day, and taking in poetry, letters, diaries, novels and more, this anthology traces the long tradition of women writing about walking. Among the many writers included are Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Raynor Winn, Cheryl Strayed, Sarah Moss and Polly Atkin."
— Bookseller

"Way Makers is a scintillating and exciting collection of women's voices."
— Katharine Norbury, author of "The Fish Ladder"