Of Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century

TitleOf Gender and Empire: Reflections on the Nineteenth Century
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsHall, Catherine
EditorLevine, Philippa
Book TitleGender and Empire
Pagination46-76
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
Abstract

This chapter focuses on the specificities of the British Empire, mapping it as a field of gender relations. Metropolitan discourses claimed power across nation and Empire, and the emphasis here is on the ways in which Britons tried to shape their own lives, and those of subject peoples, in varied sites of Empire. The chapter also focuses on the set of related colonial discourses which constructed India as a degraded place in need of civilization, and which utilized the figure of the Indian woman, and particularly the Hindu woman, as the index of Indian society's desperate need for help.

URLhttps://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.001.0001/acprof-9780199249503-chapter-3
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