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White Queen: May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity
     

White Queen: May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity

by Tracey Jean Boisseau
 

ISBN-10: 0253343895

ISBN-13: 9780253343895

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Indiana University Press

A critical account of the sensational feminism of May French-Smith, once known as the "first woman explorer of Africa." Boisseau exposes the intertwined connections between popular notions of American feminism, American national identity, and the reorientation of Euro-American imperialism at the turn of the 19th century.

Overview

A critical account of the sensational feminism of May French-Smith, once known as the "first woman explorer of Africa." Boisseau exposes the intertwined connections between popular notions of American feminism, American national identity, and the reorientation of Euro-American imperialism at the turn of the 19th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253343895
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Tale of Imperial Feminism
Part I. First Woman Explorer of Africa: The 1891 Expedition
1. The Caravan Trek to Kilimanjaro
2. Self-Discovery
3. Forging a Feminine Colonial Method
4. Sex and the Sultans
5. Confessions of a White Queen
Part II. Agent for Empire: Interventions in Central and West Africa, 1903-1908
6. An Imperial Spy in the Congo
7. A Plantation Mistress in Liberia
Part III. Feminist for a New Generation: Mastering Femininity in 1920s America
8. Taking Feminism on the Road
9. Masquerading as the Subject of Feminism
10. The Queen, the Sheik, the Sultana, and the Female Spectator
Conclusion: The White Queen in the Mirror, or Reflections on the Construction of White Feminist Identity
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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