Gender, geography and Empire : Victorian women travellers in West Africa /
Cheryl McEwan.
Aldershot ; Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate, c2000.
ix, 250 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
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Aldershot ; Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate, c2000.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-243) and index.
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Cheryl McEwan, University of Birmingham, UK
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-02-01:
This is not another in the long series of accounts of British women exploring the far reaches of the empire at its peak. Rather, "this account ... is an attempt to combine feminist and post-colonial approaches in constructing a more critical version of geography land imperialism in the nineteenth century." Using the writings of such prominent traveler-writers as Zelie Colvile, Elizabeth Melville, Anna Hinderer, Mary Slessor, Constance Larymore, and Mary Kingsley as a springboard, McEwan analyzes their contributions to the intertwined development of geographical science and imperialism. After an introductory chapter, she explores the relationship between these travelers and residents (chiefly wives of colonial officials, soldiers, and missionaries) and, successively, the physical environments, "race," local customs, and West African women. Chapter 7 is a lengthy discourse on historiography, geography, and imperialism. Chapter 8 is a longer-than-usual set of conclusions, including, near the end, this one: "However, there is still a long way to go before the old imperial discipline of geography can be said to have engaged fully with critiques of hegemonic knowledge." Well! This book is heavy going, and, unlike most of the travel narratives analyzed therein, definitely not light summer reading. Graduate students and faculty. M. I. Glassner; emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University
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Gender, Geography and Empire is an exploration of the contribution to geographical thought of 19th-century British women travellers in West Africa. Themes include imperial representation and empowerment.
Table of Contents
List of maps and tablesp. vi
List of platesp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
Travel, text and empowermentp. 25
Paradise or pandemonium?p. 65
White women and 'race'p. 91
Slavery, witchcraft and cannibalismp. 129
Colonized counterpartsp. 153
Retrieving subaltern histories?p. 175
Conclusionsp. 197
Archival sourcesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 245
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