By Maria Callcott
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:2011
Online Publication Date:February 2012
Original Publication Year:1824
Subjects: English Literature 1700-1830 , Latin American History
Published in 1824, the journal of Maria Graham (1785–1842) depicts one woman's immersion in the culture and society of post-independence Chile. Graham, known later as Lady Callcott, travelled through India and Europe as well as South America, and her writings and reflections on these regions and their cultures, as well as other historical works, established her reputation both as a writer and later as an art historian. Graham outlines the parameters of her work in her preface and her historical Introduction: she is interested not only in what has happened to the Chileans, but in what the future holds for them and their new nation. Graham's writing reveals sensitivity to the sentimental, romantic, and gothic trends among her contemporaries, and her Journal benefits from her literary awareness.