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White Queen : May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity - Tracey Jean Boisseau

White Queen

May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity

Paperback Published: 14th April 2004
ISBN: 9780253216694
Number Of Pages: 280

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..". Boisseau recontextualizes U.S. feminism in the cinematic 20th century. White Queen challenges the narratives we have told about ourselves and illuminates the imperialism and celebrity worship that lurks within American feminism yet today." -- Lee Quinby, Harter Chair, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

May French-Sheldon's improbable public career began with an expedition throughout East Africa in 1891. She led a large entourage dressed in a long, flowing white dress and blonde wig, with a sword and pistol strapped to her side. As the "first woman explorer of Africa," she claimed to have inspired both awe and trust in the Africans she encountered, and as her celebrity grew, she reinvented herself as a messenger of civilization and "racial uplift." Tracey Jean Boisseau's insightful reading of the "White Queen" exposes the intertwined connections between popular notions of American feminism, American national identity, and the reorientation of Euro-American imperialism at the turn of the century.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction : a tale of imperial feminismp. 1
First woman explorer of Africa : the 1891 expedition
The caravan trek to Kilimanjarop. 23
Self-discoveryp. 42
Forging a feminine colonial methodp. 62
Sex and the sultansp. 82
Confessions of a white queenp. 97
Agent for empire : interventions in Central and West Africa, 1903-1908
An imperial spy in the Congop. 107
A plantation mistress in Liberiap. 124
Feminist for a new generation : mastering femininity in 1920s America
Taking feminism on the roadp. 143
Masquerading as the subject of feminismp. 163
The queen, the sheik, the sultana, and the female spectatorp. 182
Conclusion : the white queen in the mirror, or reflections on the construction of white feminist identityp. 203
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780253216694
ISBN-10: 0253216699
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 14th April 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.43