ERIC Number: EJ1094238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Barbara Bodichon's Travel Writing: Her Epistolary Articulation of "Bildung"
History of Education, v45 n3 p285-303 2016
English painter Barbara Bodichon received a dynamic home education, consisting of engaging lessons, reading sessions, family discussions, sketching excursions, and trips at home and abroad. As an adult, Bodichon led a nomadic life, living between Algeria and England and travelling across Europe and America. Seeking to unpack travelling and travel letters as sources of learning, this paper studies Bodichon's correspondence as epistolary articulations of her "Bildung" (self-cultivation). It argues that, conforming to "Bildung"'s idea of forging one's individuality in interaction with the world, her travelling provided her with a variety of settings through which she extended towards the unknown and incorporated it into her sense of being. In turn, letters functioned as forums where she made sense of encountering the difference through which she individualised her subjectivity. Notwithstanding, a revised reading of "Bildung" permits teasing out to what extent Bodichon's self-cultivation was developed at the expense of certain social categories.
Descriptors: Artists, Educational Philosophy, Individual Development, Travel, Letters (Correspondence), Self Concept, Feminism, Educational History, Womens Education, Museums, Biographies, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Algeria; United Kingdom (England)