Travelogues written by Ukrainian traveler, camera-women and photographer Sophia Yablonska (The Charm of Morocco, 1932; From the Country of Rice and Opium, 1936; and Distant Horizons, 1939) are admired by readers but still remain outside the framework of traditional histories of literature, which were made according to certain intellectual samples and narrative models. Transgressing literary norms in terms of genre, gender, anthropology, autobiography, perception, media, culture, and discourse, these travelogues encourage a revision of the general idea of literature in its relation to the outside world; to the author and the reader as cultural figures rooted in historical circumstances and personal biographies; to the process of writing as the articulation of a certain anthropological experience and culturally significant action.
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
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