May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity
By (author) Tracey Jean Boisseau
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White Queen by Tracey Jean Boisseau
Book Description"...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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253216694
(5983mm x 4048mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 14-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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First published in 1892, M. French-Sheldon's book describes her 1891 expedition that took her from the court of the Sultan of Zanzibar to the Mount Kilimanjaro region of East Africa. This narrative is accompanied by an introduction, exploring the cultural context within which this text appeared.
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Author Biography - Tracey Jean Boisseau
Tracey Jean Boisseau is currently an assistant professor of cultural and women's history in the Department of History at the University of Akron. She has published articles on May French-Sheldon in Signs and Gender and History and recently edited a new edition of Sultan to Sultan (first published in 1892 by May French-Sheldon).
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