The Not So Solo Traveller: Mary Pos, Dutch Writer and Journalist

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This essay examines the ways in which, in her travel writing, Dutch journalist Mary Pos presented a travelling self that was able to tackle the logistical, financial, physical and psychological challenges she faced while being on journeys she undertook on her own, and confront the socio-cultural and religious pressures when transgressing traditional constructions of femininity. In order to be able to do so the author borrowed from a mix of discourses on hand, such as those of gender, travel writing, tourism, colonialism, religion, class, charity work, and Dutch journalism. Sources used consist of correspondence with relatives, friends, lovers, admirers, sponsors, and politicians; Pos’ published travel writing such as books, and newspaper and magazine articles; manuscripts, written lectures, reviews, personal notebooks, and photos.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, Companionship, and Travel
Subtitle of host publicationDiscourses in Pre-modern and Modern Travel Literature
EditorsFloris Meens, Tom Sintobin
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780429507632
ISBN (Print)9781138579927
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Studies of Women and Place


  • Travel writing
  • gender nonconformity
  • Journalism
  • life-history

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