What She Carries with Her

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2023
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Parker, Salena
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Women’s travel narratives from the Interwar Period demonstrate the complex intersection of writing, photography, travel, and identity. My poster presentation will analyze travel narratives published by Ruth Gruber, Ella Maillart, and “Aloha” Wanderwell with a theoretical framework that synthesizes visual rhetorics, feminist geography, and narratology. Investigating women’s travel photography and narratives in this way is a means to better understand the cultural and social restrictions placed not only on women’s experience, but also on memoir as a viable means of inquiry. My analysis illuminates how the writing and photography of these trailblazing women are embedded with rhetorical strategy, reflecting a way of moving through space and place that is gendered and culturally embedded. (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Gretchen Busl)

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