Western Women and Imperialism

Western Women and Imperialism

Complicity and Resistance
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/22/1992
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20705-0
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[Western Women and Imperialism] provides fascinating insights into interactions and attitudes between western and non-western women, mainly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is an important contribution to the field of women’s studies and (primarily British) imperial history, in that many of the essays explore problems of cross-cultural interaction that have been heretofore ignored." —Nancy Fix Anderson

A challenging anthology in which a multiplicity of authors sheds new light on the waves of missionaries, 'memsahibs,' nurses—and feminists." —Ms.

... a long-overdue engagement with colonial discourse and feminism.... excellent essays..." —The Year’s Work in Critical Cultural Theory

Author Bio

NUPUR CHAUDHURI, who teaches at Texas Southern University, is the coeditor of Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance,
and coeditor of a special issue on "Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality: National and Global Perspectives" for the National Women's Studies Journal. She has written extensively on gender and imperialism and her articles have appeared in Journal of Women's History, Women's History Review, and Victorian Studies. MARGARET STROBEL, Professor of Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is author of Muslim Women in Mombasa, 1890–1975, co-winner of the Herskovits Prize, and European Women and the Second British Empire. She is co-editor (with Sarah Mirza) of Three Swahili Women: Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya, published in Swahili and English.

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Table of Contents



A Women’s Trek
What Difference Does Gender Make?
Susan L. Blake

Through Each Other’s Eyes
The Impact on the Colonial Encounter of the Images of Egyptian, Levantine-Egyptian, and European Women, 1862-1920
Mervat Hatem


The Passionate Nomad Reconsidered
A European Woman in L’Algerie francaise (Isabelle Eberhardt, 1877-1904)
Julia Clancy-Smith

Crusader for Empire
Flora Shaw/Lady Lugard
Helen Callaway and Dorothy O Helly

Chathams, Pitts, and Gladstones in Petticoats
The Politics of Gender and Race in the Illbert Bill Controversy, 1883-1884
Mrinalini Sinha


Cultural Missionaries, Maternal Imperialists, Feminist Allies
British Women Activists in India, 1865-1945
Barbara N. Ramusack

The White Woman’s Burden
British Feminists and The Indian Woman 1865-1915
Antoinette M. Burton

Complicity and Resistance in the Writings of Flora Annie Steel and Annie Besant
Nancy L. Paxton

The White Woman’s Burden in the White Man’s Grave
The Introduction of British Nurses in Colonial West Africa
Dea Birkett


A New Humanity
American Missionaries’ Ideals for Women in North India, 1870-1930
Leslie A. Flemming

Give a Thought to Africa
Black Women Missionaries in Southern Africa
Sylvia M. Jacobs


Shawls, Jewelry, Curry, and Rice in Victorian Britain
Nupur Chaudhuri

White Women in a Changing World
Employment, Voluntary Work, and Sex in Post-World War II Northern Rhodesia
Karen Tranberg Hansen