Crossing boundaries into a world of scientific discoveries: Maria Graham in nineteenth-century Brazil

  title={Crossing boundaries into a world of scientific discoveries: Maria Graham in nineteenth-century Brazil},
  author={Michelle Medeiros},
  journal={Studies in Travel Writing},
  pages={263 - 285}
In this article I analyse the British traveller Maria Graham (1785–1842) and her lesser-known travels to Brazil in the early nineteenth century. I argue that Graham attempted to cross boundaries into the masculine world of natural history with the help of a social network composed of several important figures in Brazilian society, including the Empress Maria Leopoldina, who shared her interest in the natural sciences. Graham constructed that network by taking advantage of the fact that in South… 
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