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How Canada Is Described in the Writings of Nineteenth-Century Canadian Women

September 26, 2012 at 09:00 am


Françoise Le Jeune,  Professeur HDR en histoire nord-américaine et britannique au CRHIA-Nantes vient de publier son dernier ouvrage How Canada Is Described in the Writings of Nineteenth-Century Canadian Women : The Feminine Experience in the Margins of the British Empire.

This book aims at introducing a new perspective on the general and popular debate on empire building and nation building in Britain in the early stage of the second British Empire. The work investigates the representations of Canada circulating at the heart of the British Empire, in the "metropole", during the three decades preceding Canadian Confederation. The author takes Canada as an epitome for the "white" Empire and focuses on the representations of the Canadian colonies which circulated in the metropole, through women’s texts. By focusing on Canada and its representations, the author also brings new perspectives on the way the Victorians imagined their colonies. The book shows that the British North American colonies took pride of place in the editorial world through the publication of women emigrants' personal narratives and women’s travel accounts on Canada. The author shows that there was clearly a female way of representing the Empire: from the margins of the colonies, but also from the margins of the publishing world where “colonial” books were assigned. The author clearly analyses the contribution of middle-class female authors to the current debates on colonial and imperial policies in Canada, thus taking part in and influencing official views on empire-building, at the heart of the metropole.

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Partenaire : The Edwin Mellen Press
Contact : Françoise Le Jeune : francoise.le-jeune@univ-nantes.fr