The Victorian Spinster and Colonial Emigration: Contested Subjects

The Victorian Spinster and Colonial Emigration: Contested Subjects

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by Rita S. Kranidis, Kranidis
     
 

During the Victorian period thousands of women left England to seek work and new lives in the British colonies. This book examines the highly problematic issues surrounding the colonial emigration of unmarried Victorian women, revealing the many ways in which these women were regarded as cultural "excess." Rita S. Kranidis explains how England had little use for… See more details below

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During the Victorian period thousands of women left England to seek work and new lives in the British colonies. This book examines the highly problematic issues surrounding the colonial emigration of unmarried Victorian women, revealing the many ways in which these women were regarded as cultural "excess." Rita S. Kranidis explains how England had little use for spinsters, a category spanning the working class through the middle class, including domestic laborers, genteel women, and middle class widows. Kranidis brings together a variety of discourses, including historical, critical, literary, and theoretical, to form a critical evaluation of the events she investigates. This study questions the very premises and cultural foundations of evaluative systems that render some women/subjects more essential than others, and considers how the expulsion of problematic British subjects is a practice that permeates many facets of Victorian culture. The construction of gender, the meaning of emigration, and the idea of nation are all explored in the literature of the period alongside primary sources such as census figures and the popular press.

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Kranidis (English, Radcliff U.) examines the highly problematic issues surrounding the colonial emigration of unmarried Victorian women, revealing the many ways in which they were regarded as cultural excess. Bringing together a variety of discourses, she questions the very premises and cultural foundations of evaluative systems that render some women/subjects more essential than others, and considers how the expulsion of problematic British subjects permeates many facets of Victorian culture. The construction of gender, the meaning of emigration, and the idea of nation are all explored in the literature of the period alongside primary sources such as census figures and the popular press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780312216054
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/15/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.93(d)

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