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Travel, Gender and Imperialism: Mary Kingsley and West Africa (Mappings: Society, Theory/space) [Paperback]

Alison Blunt

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31 May 1994 Mappings: Society, Theory/space
Drawing from the life and travels of Mary Kingsley, a nineteenth century travel writer and critic of the Crown Colony system, Alison Blunt cogently examines the relationships among travel, gender and imperialism. Instead of studying either travel generally or women travel writers in the colonial period specifically, Blunt examines both to show how the spatiality and gendering of travel are inseperable. Underlying her examination are debates about women as a focus of historial research, Western women and imperalism, and the place of women in a historiography of geography.

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press; First Edition edition (31 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898625467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898625462
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.2 x 22.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,572,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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."..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. It should find its place on many reading lists, if it has not already done so, as it previews an accessible contribution to contemporary debates around identity, space, and power." --R Elmhirst, Environment Section, Wye College, University of London, "Environment and Planning A""Blunt's book... is innovative, provocative, and clearly written." --Briavel Holcomb, Rutgers University"This book makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on travel, gender, and empire. Alison Blunt develops a post-structuralist perspective on travel writing which remains sensitive to questions of authorship and subjectivity. Drawing on feminist and post-colonial cultural theory, she constructs a sophisticated account of the ambivalent subject positions of Mary Kingsley within the public and private spheres of late Victorian Britain. By situating Kingsley's writings in the wider context of gendered discourses of 'home' and 'away', the book offers a new perspective on both travel writing and the culture of imperialism more generally." --Felix Driver, Royal Holloway, University of London"Alison Blunt's fascinating study of Mary Kinglsey offers new insights into the social and intellectual context of British imperialism. By drawing upon poststructuralist and feminist theories, she provides a stimulating and scholarly commentary upon the complex relations between Western women and the empire, the nature of nineteenth century British geography and the place of women in the subject's history. A lively and clearly written account, it is a pleasure to read." --Morag Bell, Ph.D., Loughborough University of Technology

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel, Gender, and Imperialism 27 Oct 2013
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Blunt provides a provocative introduction to the larger question of women and travel during the late Victorian age. For this reason it is valuable for widening the lens on the history of women and their pursuits. What makes this monograph fascinating are the distinctive differences in attitudes and responses towards indigenous peoples that emerged because of gender.
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