Frances Clemente

A Journey to Crete, Constantinople, Naples and Florence. Three Months Abroad by Anna Vivanti-Lindau. Impressions of a German female writer on Naples in the second half of the Nineteenth century

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Keywords: Anna Vivanti-Lindau, Mediterranean, Naples, Travel Literature, Nine- teenth century.

In 1865 German writer Anna Vivanti-Lindau, mother of the more renowned Annie Vivanti, travelled to the Mediterranean on a three-month trip. Once back in her London home, she wrote an account of her experience, giving rise to a A Journey to Crete, Constantinople, Naples and Florence. Three Months Abroad. The present contribution aims to draw the Journey out of the oblivion to which it has so far been assigned, making it the subject of a monograph for the first time, with a twofold purpose: to shed light on a figure forgotten by history, albeit considerably grounded in the European culture of the second half of the nineteenth century; and to provide a new insight into the history of travel in the Mediterranean, with a focus on the Parthenopean leg of Vivanti-Lindau’s itinerary.

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