Heather Henderson


Mount Holyoke College

Articles de l'auteur


Cycnos | Volume 9 | 3.

Public vs Private: he autobiographical Dilemma in Travel Literature

“Travel writers encounter many kinds of censorship. For example, an American journalist named Helen Winternitz was arrested during her travels in Zaire, and her notebooks and films were confiscated. She described this attempt at government censorship in her book, East Along the Equator (1987).1 Other travellers censor their own writing to avoid revealing too much. Isabella Bird, who travelled alone through the American West in the mid-nineteenth century, confided in letters home to her sister that she had had a proposal from a desperado called “Mountain Jim”. She said he was “a man any woman might love, but no sane woman ...”

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