“Much more freedom of thought than expected there”: Rosey E. Pool, a Dutch fellow traveller on holiday in the Soviet Union (1965)

Lonneke Geerlings*

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on a visit by two women activists and travellers to the Soviet Union in the 1960s. The chapter analyses the left-leaning feminist Rosey E. Pool’s private letters in which she describes her travel experiences with her partner Ursel ‘Isa’ Isenburg behind the Iron Curtain. In a reading against the grain, the chapter uncovers the multiple layers of meaning in the seemingly partisan accounts of a fellow traveller. Pool’s contemporary notes provide the reader with a very subjective take on Khrushchev’s USSR that owed little to other travelogues of the time. The chapter interprets the letters as commentary on Western political issues, such as women’s liberation and racism in the American South.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism and Travel During the Cold War
Subtitle of host publicationNegotiating Tourist Experiences across the Iron Curtain
EditorsSunne Bechmann Pedersen, Christian Noack
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Chapter6
Pages123-138
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780429577116
ISBN (Print)9780367192129
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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Geerlings, L. (2019). “Much more freedom of thought than expected there”: Rosey E. Pool, a Dutch fellow traveller on holiday in the Soviet Union (1965). In S. Bechmann Pedersen, & C. Noack (Eds.), Tourism and Travel During the Cold War: Negotiating Tourist Experiences across the Iron Curtain (pp. 123-138). Taylor and Francis AS. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429201127-7