Cultures of Empire: A Reader

Cultures of Empire: A Reader


Edited by Catherine Hall


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  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 25mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 27 July 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 0719058589
  • ISBN 13: 9780719058585
  • Illustrations note: 10 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 618,643

Product description

Collects together the best articles by key historians, literary critics, and anthropologists on the cultures of colonialism in the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A substantial introduction by the distinguished historian, Professor Catherine Hall, discusses new approaches to the history of empire and establishes a narrative frame through which to read the essays which follow. The volume is clearly divided into three sections: theoretical, emphasising concepts and approaches; the colonisers 'at home', focusing on how empire was lived in Britain; and 'away' - the attempt to construct new cultures through which the colonisers defined themselves and others in varied colonial sites. A useful guide to recent scholarship on the culture of imperialism.

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Author information

Catherine Hall is Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at UCL

Table of contents

Catherine Hall, Cultures of Empire Introduction: Thinking the postcolonial, thinking the empire, Catherine Hall Part One: Using theory: 1. Joanna de Groot 'Sex' and 'Race': the Construction of Language and Image in the Nineteenth Century 2. Nancy Leys Stephan, 'Race, gender, science and citizenship', 3. Gyan Prakash, 'Subaltern studies as postcolonial criticism', 4. Ann Laura Stoler, 'Rethinking colonial categories: European communities and boundaries of rule', 5. Antoinette Burton, 'Who needs the Nation? Interrogating 'British' history', Part Two: The Empire and its Others 6. John Barrell, 'Death on the Nile: Fantasy and the Literature of Tourism 1840-1860', 7. Kathleen Wilson, 'Citizenship, empire and modernity in the English provinces c. 1720-1790' i 8. Luke Gibbons, 'Race against Time: Racial discourse and Irish history', 9. Janaki Nair, 'Uncovering the Zenana: Visions of Indian womanhood in Englishwomen's writings, 1813-1940', 10. Sonya O' Rose. 'Sex, citizenship and the Nation in World War II Britain', 11. Elizabeth Vibert, 'Real men hunt buffalo: Masculinity, race and class in British fur traders' narratives' 12. Nicholas Thomas, 'Colonial conversions: Difference, hierarchy and history in early twentieth-century Evangelical propaganda', 13. Patricia Hayes, 'Cocky' Hahn and the Black Venus': The making of a native commissioner in South West Africa, 1915-46, Part Three: Legacies of Empire 14. Jacqui M. Alexander, 'Not Just (Any) Body Can be A Citizen: The politics of law, sexuality and postcoloniality in Trinidad and Tabago and the Bahamas'