Women's History and Imperialism Bibliography

Query From Grietjie Verhoef gv@lw.rau.ac.za 23 Nov 1998

Dear Editor, I would like to ask the kind participants of the H-Women net for assistance.

My colleague and I are preparing for a course on imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in sources on the experience of women during colonial control and imperialist power. The course will focus on Africa, Asia and the period of British control in America. Attention will be given to women's experiences of imperialist control as well as their position during decolonisation and incorporation of newly independent states in the global environment, especially after the second world war. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.


Ballhatchet, K. _Race, Sex & Class under the Raj_ (London, Weidenfield & Nicholson, 1980).

Blunt, Alison _Travel, Gender and Imperialism_ and _Mary Kingsley and West Africa_(Guildford, Longman Higher Education:1995).

Burton, Antoinette _Burdens of History: British Feminists, Indian Women and Imperial Culture, 1865-1915_(Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1994).

Callan, Hilary and Shirley Ardener, Eds., _The Incorporated Wife_ (London, Croom Helm, 1984).

Callaway, Helen _Gender, Culture and Empire: European Women in Colonial Nigeria_ (London, Macmillan, 1987).

Chaudhuri, Nupur and Margaret Strobel, Eds. _Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance_(Bloomington, Indiana Press, 1992)

Clancy-Smith, Julia and Frances Gouda _Domesticating the Empire: Race and Gender in French and Dutch Colonialism_(UVA Press, 1998).

Donaldson, Laura E. _Decolonizing Feminism: Race, Gender and Empire Building_ (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1992).

Enloe, Cynthia _Bananas, Beaches, and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics_

Etienne, Mona and Elanor Leacock, Eds. _Women and Colonialism: Anthropological Perspectives_(N.Y., Praeger, 1980).

Hyam, Ronald _Empire and Sexuality: The British Experience_

Jayawardena, Kumari _The White Women's Other Burden: Western women and South Asia During British Colonial Rule_(N.Y. Routledge, 1994).

Lazreg, Marnia _The Eloquence of Silence_(N.Y., Routledge, 1994).

McClintock, Anne _Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial context_(N.Y./London, Routledge, 1995).

Mills, Sara _Discourses of Difference: An Analysis of Women's Travel Writing and Colonialism_(London/N.Y. Routledge, 1991).

Mohanty, Claudia Talpole "Under Western Eyes: Feministy Scholarship and Colonial Discourses," _Boundary_ 2 n, 12

Morgan, Susan _Place Matters: Gendered Geography in Victorian Women's Travel Books About Southeast Asia_

Pierson, Ruth Roach and Nupur Chaudhuri with the assistance of Beth McCauly, Eds. _Nation, Empire, and Colony: Historicizing Gender and Race_(Indiana Press, 1998)

Sharpe, Jenny _Allegories of Empire: The Figure of Woman in the Colonial Text_ (Minnesota, U of Minnesota Press, 1993).

Silman, Janet _Enough is Enough: Aboriginal Women Speak Out_ (Toronto:The Women's Press, 1987).

Stevenson, Catherine Barnes _Victorian Women Travel Writers in Africa_

Stoler, Laura Anne "Rethinking Colonial Categories," in _Comparative Studies in Society and History_, Vol.31, Jan. 1989.

"Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Gender, Race and Morality in Colonial Asia" in Micaela di Leonardo, Ed., _Gender and the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Post-Modern Era_(Berkeley U. Press, 1991).

"Making Empire Respectable: The Politics of Race and Sexual Morality in Twentieth Century Colonial Cultures," in _American Ethnologist 4 (1989), p.635.

"Sexual Affront Racial Frontiers: European Identities and the Politics of Exclusion in Colonial Southeast Asia," in _Comparative Studies in Society and History_, 34, 1992, (514-55).

Strobel, Margaret _European Women and the Second British Empire_ (Bloomington, Indiana U Press, 1991).

_Gender, Sex, and Empire_ (Washington, D.C., American History Association, 1993).

Trollope, Joanna _Britannia's Daughters: Women of the British Empire_ (London, Hutchinson, 1983).

Other Suggestions:

Check the H-Women website at http://h-net.msu.edu/~women on the syllabi and bibliography sections. There may be additional information there which will be helpful. Best wishes, Maria Elena, Co-Editor, H-Women Website
[Editor's Note: A special thanks to Patricia Lorcin for her extensive bibliography included here.]