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British women and cultural practices of empire, 1770-1940

Author: Rosie Dias; Kate Smith
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019. ©2019
Series: Material culture of art and design.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Correspondence, travel writing, diary writing, painting, scrapbooking, curating, collecting and house interiors allowed British women scope to express their responses to imperial sites and experiences in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Taking these productions as its archive, British Women and Cultural Practices of Empire, 1775-1930 includes a collection of essays from different disciplines that consider the role  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rosie Dias; Kate Smith
ISBN: 9781501332159 1501332155
OCLC Number: 1049574683
Description: xiii, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: Travel: 1: The Travelling Eye: British Women in Early 19th-Century India / David Arnold --
2: Paper trails of Imperial Trav(a)ils: Janet Schaw's Journal of a journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina and Portugal, 1774-1776 / Viccy Coltman --
3: Sketches from the Gendered Frontier: Colonial Women's Images of Encounters with Aboriginal People in Australia, 1830s-1860s / Caroline Jordan. --
Part II: Collecting: 4: "Of manly enterprise, and female taste!": Mina Malcolm's Cottage as Imperial Exhibition, c. 1790s-1970s / Ellen Filor --
5: A Lily of the Murray: Cultivating the Colonial Landscape through Album Assemblage / Molly Duggins --
6: Collecting the "East": Women Travellers New on the New "Grand Tour" / Amy Miller. --
Part III: Identities: 7: Agents of Affect: Queen Victoria's Indian Gifts / Rosie Dias --
8: 'Prime Minister in the Home Department': Female Gendered Identity in 19th-Century Upper Canada / Rosie Spooner --
9: Reconstructing the Lives of Professional Women in 1930s Zanzibar through Image, Object and Text / Sarah Longair.
Series Title: Material culture of art and design.
Responsibility: edited by Rosie Dias and Kate Smith.

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Correspondence, travel writing, diary writing, painting, scrapbooking, curating, collecting and house interiors allowed British women scope to express their responses to imperial sites and experiences in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Taking these productions as its archive, British Women and Cultural Practices of Empire, 1775-1930 includes a collection of essays from different disciplines that consider the role of British women's cultural practices and productions in conceptualising empire. While such productions have started to receive greater scholarly attention, this volume uses a more self-conscious lens of gender to question whether female cultural work demonstrates that colonial women engaged with the spaces and places of empire in distinctive ways. By working across disciplines, centuries and different colonial geographies, the volume makes an exciting and important contribution to the field by demonstrating the diverse ways in which European women shaped constructions of empire in the modern period.

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