Writing Women and Space: Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies

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Drawing lessons from the complex and often contradictory position of white women writing in the colonial period, This unique book explores how feminism and poststructuralism can bring new types of understanding to the production of geographical knowledge. Through a series of colonial and postcolonial case studies, essays address the ways in which white women have written and mapped different geographies, in both the late nineteenth century and today, illustrating the diverse objects (landscapes, spaces, views), ...
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Overview

Drawing lessons from the complex and often contradictory position of white women writing in the colonial period, This unique book explores how feminism and poststructuralism can bring new types of understanding to the production of geographical knowledge. Through a series of colonial and postcolonial case studies, essays address the ways in which white women have written and mapped different geographies, in both the late nineteenth century and today, illustrating the diverse objects (landscapes, spaces, views), the variety of media (letters, travel writing, paintings, sculpture, cartographic maps, political discourse), and the different understandings and representations of people and place.
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"...is a useful contribution to the literature on gender perspectives of the colonized world..." --Helen Ruth Aspaas, African Studies Review

"...presents compelling ways of bringing together ideas from poststructuralist and postcolonial theory around geographical questions, and provides much material, both for those working within a similar intellectual territory, and for those grappling with more general methodological questions. I should find its place on many reading lists, if it has not already done so, as it provides an accessible contribution to contemporary debates around identity, space, and power." -- R. Elmhirst, Wye College University of London, Environment and Planning A

"This timely collection of essays explores ways in which feminism, space, and the politics of identity, subjectivity, and representation come together in diverse colonial and postcolonial settings....I unhesitatingly invite colleagues and students across disciplines to read this fresh and imaginative collection of essays...." --Karen Morin, Growth and Change

"As edited volumes go, this is a remarkably coherent (and successful) one.... This book makes an important contribution to feminist geography." --Geraldine Pratt, University of British Columbia

"This is a superb new contribution to the literature on space, power and difference. In drawing together an exciting range of well-researched essays, it articulates the complex relations between gender, class, race and sexuality in different historical and geographic settings. With an emphasis on diversities among women and the contexts within which they occur, it is particularly effective in highlighting the fragmented, fluid and often contradictory nature of identity and space." --Morag Bell, Ph.D., Loughborough University of Technology

"Although I don't always see eye to eye with the authors in this volume, I warmly welcome this set of essays on women's colonial and post-colonial cartographics. For here we have a feisty feminist geography that is theoretically self-critical, empirically vigorous, and morally challenging....One thing is certain: coming to grips with this critique will lay upon readers an obligation; an obligation to expose the pretended innocence of the metaphorical and material maps we have historically produced...and the maps we currently plot." --David N. Livingstone, Professor of Geography, The Queen's University of Belfast

"This is an important, path-breaking collection of essays. In highlighting the complicities and resistances of white women to imperial discourses, the book speaks to wider epistemological issues about human subjectivity. In different ways, the chapters demonstrate the inherent partiality, instability, positionality, and situatedness of subjectivity. By extension, conventional notions of space are unsettled in a powerful acknowledgment of our gendered imaginaries. This leads us to re-imagine space and mapping in fresh ways." --Kay Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of New South Wales and author of the award-winning Vancouver's Chinatown: Racial Discourse in Canada, 1875-1980

"This is an important, path-breaking collection of essays. In highlighting the complicities and resistances of white women to imperial discourses, the book speaks to wider epistemological issues about human subjectivity. In different ways, the chapters demonstrate the inherent partiality, instability, positionality, and situatedness of subjectivity. By extension, notions of transcendent, coherent space are unsettled in a powerful acknowledgment of our gendered imaginaries. This leads us to reimagine space and mappings in fresh ways." --Kay Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of New South Wales and author of the award-winning Vancouver's Chinatown: Racial Discourses in Canada, 1875-1980

Growth and Change

"This timely collection of essays explores ways in which feminism, space, and the politics of identity, subjectivity, and representation come together in diverse colonial and postcolonial settings....I unhesitatingly invite colleagues and students across disciplines to read this fresh and imaginative collection of essays...."--Growth and Change
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A feminist examination of questions regarding mapping space and difference; the intersection of race with class and gender; complicity and/or resistance to hegemony; and strategies of critique and disruption. The ten studies consider white women's accounts of colonies and representations of space other than written texts. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898624984
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Series: Mappings Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author


Alison Blunt, M.A., is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Southampton in England.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Women's Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies 1
2 Knowledge, Gender, and Empire 29
3 Mapping Authorship and Authority: Reading Mary Kingsley's Landscape Descriptions 51
4 Encounters with West African Women: Textual Representations of Difference by White Women Abroad 73
5 Colonizing Gender in Colonial Australia: The Eliza Fraser Story 101
6 Gender, War, and Imagined Geographies: United States Women and the "Far-Flung" Fronts of World War II 121
7 Occupying the Suburban Frontier: Accommodating Difference on Melbourne's Urban Fringe 141
8 Earth Honoring: Western Desires and Indigenous Knowledges 169
9 White Women Researching/Representing "Others": From Antiapartheid to Postcolonialism? 197
10 Remapping the Body/Land: New Cartographies of Identity, Gender, and Landscape in Ireland 227
Index 251
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