Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 June 2015

280 Pages | 40 Illustrations, black & white

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780719097362

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Genteel women

Empire and domestic material culture, 1840-1910

Dianne Lawrence

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Imperialism MUP

  • First work to examine the concept of female gentility as enacted across a range of colonial sites.
  • Examines a considerable variety of individuals, including a woman living in New Zealand who was married to a sheep farmer, a judge's wife in Gambia and an officer's daughter stationed in India.
  • Subjects to scrutiny how such women's identity, as expressed through their material culture, was adapted and modified by the circumstances of their colonial lives.
  • Reveals how, despite the challenges of climate and social and geographic isolation, such women maintained their elegant wardrobes, devised refined living rooms, created fruitful gardens and ensured a well-provisioned table.

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