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Victorian Women Travelers on the Grand Tour: Fredrika Bremer in Cuba

A Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Ambassador:  Fredrika Bremer’s Travels From the Stockholm Archipelago to the Caribbean


At a lecture given at the Fulbright Lunch & Learn series (March 4, 2016), Professor Méndez Rodenas discussed her Fulbright experience in 2008-09 as Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University, one of the oldest and most renowned institutions in Sweden.  Her research at the Swedish Institute of American Studies centered on Federika Bremer, a novelist and early feminist who embarked on a two-and-a-half year journey to the U.S. and Cuba in 1851. As a nineteenth-century female social explorer, Bremer records in  print and image her encounter with the Americas, particularly the slave societies in the American South and Cuba. Touring Bremer’s America at the archives in Uppsala and  Stockholm prompted a symbolic return journey to many of the places that Bremer herself visited. Bremer’s role as a nineteenth-century transatlantic ambassador serves as model for citizen diplomacy in a global world.


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