Provides a unique longitudinal study of women in colonial India, examining their life experiences and how their position changed, both personally and professionally, over more than a century of British rule. -- .
Learning femininity in colonial India explores the colonial mentalities that shaped and were shaped by women living in colonial India between 1820 and 1932. Using a broad framework the book examines the many life experiences of these women and how their position changed, both personally and professionally, over this long period of study. Drawing on a rich documentary record from archives in the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, North America, Ireland and Australia this book builds a clear picture of the colonial-configured changes that influenced women interacting with the colonial state. This book will appeal to students and academics working on the history of empire and imperialism, gender studies, postcolonial studies and the history of education. -- .
Table of contents:
Introduction 1. Finding feminine scholars, 1820-64 2. Shaping a new Eurasian moral body, 1840-67 3. Mary Carpenter and feminine 'rescue' from Europe, 1866-77 4. Both sides of the mission wall, 1875-84 5. Female medical care: the creation of a new professional learning space, 1865-90 6. Feminine missionary medical professionalism and secular medical feminists, 1880-1927 7. Code School accomplishments and Froebel: new boundaries concerning race and pedagogy, 1883-1903 8. 'Better mothers': feminine and feminist educators and thresholds of female interaction, 1870-1932 9. Loreto and the paradigm of piety, 1890-1932 Conclusion Index -- .
Tim Allender is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney -- .