Historicizing Colonial Nostalgia: European Women's Narratives of Algeria and Kenya 1900-Present (Hardback)P. Lorcin (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 329
Weight: 626 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
"Anyone who believes that comparative studies generally fall prey either to superficiality or to comparison merely for its own sake should read Patricia Lorcin's new book. Historicizing Colonial Nostalgia: European Women's Narratives of Algeria and Kenya 1900-Present demonstrates how much the specialist, in one case, can learn from the unexpected juxtaposition of another, and how much the non-specialist may gain from the comparison of histories different in detail but similar in outline. Lorcin presents well-orchestrated, thoroughly researched work in comparative colonial history that achieves more than the title promises. In the process of 'historicizing colonial nostalgia,' Lorcin delivers broad social and cultural histories of settler societies in Algeria and Kenya, probably the two most significant cases of failed settler colonialism in modern history. Her book is excellent and anyone working in French or British colonial history will benefit from it." - H-France Review
"This book builds on recent moves in the historical discipline towards interdisciplinary, transnational history, providing a unique, comparative account of colonial nostalgia throughout the twentieth century and into the first decade of the twenty-first century . . . Lorcin masterfully intertwines historical narrative with literary analysis." - French History
"In this masterful study, Patricia M. E. Lorcin systematically compares two different places, cultures, and empires over an extended period of time - French Algeria and British Kenya - within the overarching framework of colonial nostalgia and women's writings. Colonial women's literary output serves as an entry point for understanding critical, but shifting, relationships: individual and collective sensibilities, gendered narratives, and self-formation or identity. Lorcin's triangulation between competing understandings of modernity, various literary and experienced forms of nostalgia, and women's roles in and experiences of settler colonialism represents a real tour de force." - Julia Clancy-Smith, professor of History, University of Arizona
"This is a fascinating and thoughtful book. Patricia M. E. Lorcin's study of women writers in the colonies of French Algeria and British Kenya is original and, by turns, illuminating and disquieting. Well-conceived and imaginatively constructed, the book is elegantly written and forensically clear. It will be of huge interest to a general readership as well as to specialist scholars of colonial and imperial history, women's history, and historical memory. Lorcin's study offers a welcome corrective, its value evident in the new perspectives it reveals." - Martin Thomas, professor of History, University of Exeter, UK
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