Place Matters: Victorian Women's Travel Books on Southeast Asia / Edition 1

Place Matters: Victorian Women's Travel Books on Southeast Asia / Edition 1

by Susan Morgan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813522498

ISBN-13: 9780813522494

Pub. Date: 04/01/1996

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

"Morgan has written an important and original work that presents a well-substantiated challenge to many recent studies of 'colonial discourse'."--Nancy L. Paxton,

Susan Morgan's study of materials and regions, previously neglected in contemporary postcolonial studies, begins with the transforming premise that "place matters." Concepts derived

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"Morgan has written an important and original work that presents a well-substantiated challenge to many recent studies of 'colonial discourse'."--Nancy L. Paxton,

Susan Morgan's study of materials and regions, previously neglected in contemporary postcolonial studies, begins with the transforming premise that "place matters." Concepts derived from writings about one area of the world cannot simply be transposed to another area, in some sort of global theoretical move. Moreover, place in the discourse of Victorian imperialism is a matter of gendered as well as geographic terms. Taking up works by Anna Forbes and Marianne North on the Malay Archipelago, by Margaret Brooke and Harriette McDougall on Sarawak, by Isabella Bird and Emily Innes on British Malaya, by Anna Leonowens on Siam, Morgan also makes extensive use of theorists whose work on imperialism in Southeast Asia is unfamiliar to most American academics.

This vivid examination of a different region and different writings emphasizes that in Victorian literature there was no monolithic imperialist location, authorial or geographic. The very notion of a ‘colony’ or an ‘imperial presence’ in Southeast Asia is problematic. Morgan is concerned with marking the intersections of particular Victorian imperial histories and constructions of subjectivity. She argues that specific places in Southeast Asia have distinctive, and differing, masculine imperial rhetorics. It is within these specific rhetorical contexts that women’s writings, including their moments of critique, can be read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813522494
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Place Matters1
Ch. 2Port of Entry: Colonial Singapore31
Ch. 3The Holy Land of Victorian Science: Anna Forbes, with Henry Forbes and Alfred Russel Wallace in the Eastern Archipelago51
Ch. 4Botany and Marianne North: Painting "A Garland about the Earth"91
Ch. 5The Company as the Country: On the Malay Peninsula with Isabella Bird and Emily Innes135
Ch. 6"One's Own State": Margaret Brooke, Harriette McDougall, and Sarawak177
Ch. 7Anna Leonowens: Women Talking in the Royal Harem of Siam221
Ch. 8Looking Behind and Ahead269
Notes279
Selected Bibliography307
Index333

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