Women Travel Writers: Questioning the Value of the "Interior Journey"
Women travel writers in the Colonial period, such as Mary Kingsley, Freya Stark or Rebecca West, travelled and wrote in order to inform the domestic readership about life in other countries. Recent trends in post-colonial women's travel writing, such as work by Mary Morris, Sara Wheeler and Robyn Davidson, concentrates more on the "interior journey" of the individual traveller, and the importance of the country visited is drastically reduced in the travel narrative. This paper questions whether such a tendency is actually an improvement in the genre, or caters more to a facet of popular feminism that rationalises a focus on the personal at the cost of more political writing.
Keywords: Travel writing, women, feminism, post-colonialism
Dr Maureen Elizabeth Mulligan
Lecturer, Department of Modern Philology, ULPGC