Allegories of Empire: The Figure of Woman in the Colonial Text

TitleAllegories of Empire: The Figure of Woman in the Colonial Text
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsSharpe, Jenny
Number of Pages190
PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
CityMinneapolis
Abstract

Allegories of Empire introduces race and colonialism to feminist theories of rape and sexual difference, deploying women’s writing to undo the appropriation of English (universal) womanhood for the perpetuation of Empire.

Sharpe brings the historical memory of the 1857 Indian Mutiny to bear upon the theme of rape in British adn Anglo-Indian fiction. She argues that the idea of Indian men raping white women was not part of the colonial landscape prior to the revolt that was remembered as the savage attack of mutinous Indian soldiers on defenseless English women.

By showing how contemporary theories of female agency are implicated in an imperial past, Sharpe argues that such models are inappropriate, not only for discussion of colonized women, but for European women as well. Ultimately, she insists that feminist theory must begin from difference and dislocation rather than from identity and correspondence if it is to get beyond the race-gender-class impasse.

(University of Minnesota Press)

URLhttps://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/allegories-of-empire
Short TitleAllegories of Empire
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