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Mary Kingsley : Imperial Adventuress - Dea Birkett

Mary Kingsley

Imperial Adventuress

Hardcover Published: 11th February 1992
ISBN: 9780333489208
Number Of Pages: 213

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Victorian traveller Mary Kingsley has been portrayed as a victim of 19th-century attitudes towards women, a brave and daring explorer, an anti-imperialist agitator and even a feminist heroine. In this biography, Dea Birkett examines and then confronts all these portraits. Mary Kingsley was neither victim nor rebel, but a late Victorian woman who manipulated the boundaries of her life without ever openly overstepping them. She argued against women's suffrage and for absolute differences between the races. She campaigned to prevent women becoming members of the learned societies in Britain, yet canoed up rapids in West Africa. Africa gave her a new life yet in the end it killed her.

Acknowledgements - List of Illustrations - Preface - Chronology - A World of Her Own - The Trail of Petticoats - A Situation More Suited to Mr Stanley - Liverpool's Hired Assassin - Ethnological Bush Worker - A Lone Fight - The Most Dangerous Person on the Other Side - Homeward Bound - Kingsleyism - List of Characters - Endnotes - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333489208
ISBN-10: 0333489209
Series: Imperial Adventuress
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 11th February 1992
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 11