Arlene Plevin (essay date 1998)
SOURCE: Plevin, Arlene. “Women ‘Writing’ Nature: Exploring Contemporary Travelers and the Idea of Home.” In Literature of Nature: An International Sourcebook, edited by Patrick D. Murphy, pp. 440-46. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998.
[In the following essay, Plevin examines the complexities faced by women travel writers, outlining how these challenges tend to shape their journeys as well as their writing.]
Gazing out over a “foreign” landscape, Elizabeth Bishop's fictitious traveler wonders about motivation and location. Bishop's poem creates the idea of a perceived lack prompting exploration: that home in itself, wherever or whatever it may be,...
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