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White women and colonialism
Towards a non-recuperative history
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This chapter draws authors own experiences of researching and writing about British women missionaries in South India during the nineteenth century. Writing a feminist history of white women and colonialism sensitive to issues of difference involves more than capturing the complex qualities of hierarchy embedded in past narratives. The missionary texts recount a story about Indian women and the efforts of British 'ladies' to emancipate them from the bounds of both culture and religion. Talal Asad's critique of anthropological translations raises a number of points relevant to Hayden White's historical method. White's depiction of historical writing as fictional remains an accurate and important qualifier to the issues of power and meaning raised by Asad and Edward Said. The missionary discourse of women's work is revealed as a process of 'othering' which constructs Indian women as converse of their free and active British sisters through the image of the zenana victim.

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