The imperial woman’s colonising mission: making space in three colonial crises

Sengstock, Anne L. (2020) The imperial woman’s colonising mission: making space in three colonial crises. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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The aim of this thesis is to apply a postcolonial gender perspective to the writings of British women during crises in the nineteenth century. Using this theoretical framework, this thesis addresses a gap in research as it explores the perspectives and actions of women across three colonial outposts of the British Empire, to understand how crises in a concentrated span of time affected the roles and perceptions of these women. By tracking patterns and inconsistencies across the case studies of conflicts in Australia, India and New Zealand, the thesis highlights how crises could and did affect each other, providing incentive and space for British women to grow into roles previously denied them in a male-dominated world. Having positioned the women within the intersectional categories of class, race and gender, this thesis provides a wider purview of the barriers British women encountered and how Victorian femininity was used to create space for their politically independent perceptions, new opportunities and public voices. Crises are found to have been an opportunity for British women to adapt and change their actions and perceptions. This examination of select diaries, memoirs and letters gives insight into how these literate women manipulated and expanded the category of femininity to promote their wide range of capabilities.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Supervisors: Dewhirst, Catherine; Connors, Libby
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2021 23:55
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2022 22:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender history, empire, women's history, transnational study, women's writings, crises
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210311 New Zealand History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430309 Gender history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430323 Transnational history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430320 New Zealand history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430301 Asian history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430304 British history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430313 History of empires, imperialism and colonialism
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.26192/7xfj-kj96
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42738

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