Author Biography

Elizabeth Zold is an Assistant Professor of English at Winona State University. Her scholarship focuses on eighteenth-century women's life writing and travel narratives.


In this essay, I describe an undergraduate course I designed and taught on eighteenth-century women’s travelogues and advocate for more courses that explicitly focus on noncanonical genres and authors. Using student papers, I explore how students worked through their discomfort with new genre conventions and improved their overall reading and analytical skills. I hope that my outline of the course will be useful to those who teach or will be teaching women's travel literature or who wish to focus courses on noncanonical authors and genres.


travelogues, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Second Life, discomfort